Left ventricular mural thrombus after acute myocardial infarction

E C Keeley, L D Hillis
Clinical Cardiology 1996, 19 (2): 83-6
Left ventricular mural thrombus is a well-recognized complication of acute myocardial infarction. In survivors of infarction, the incidence with which mural thrombus occurs is influenced by the location and magnitude of infarction, so that it occurs commonly in those with large anterior Q-wave infarctions, particularly in the presence of a left ventricular aneurysm. Echocardiography, radionuclide imaging with indium-111 labeled platelets, computerized tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging may be used to identify a left ventricular mural thrombus. Acute and chronic anticoagulation with heparin and warfarin, respectively, is given to prevent further thrombus formation and to reduce the incidence of systemic embolization.

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