Compulsive Thrombus Management in STEMI Interventions
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Thrombus is a fundamental concept in the pathophysiology of ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI). Distal embolization and no reflow are associated with less angiographic success, reduced myocardial blush, less ST resolution after primary percutaneous coronary intervention, larger enzymatic infarct size, lower left ventricular ejection fraction at discharge, and higher long-term mortality. We believe that with the use of thrombectomy devices, these shortcomings can be minimized. Based on our experience from the Single Individual Community Experience Registry (SINCERE) database, we formulated a selective thrombus burden management strategy (the Mehta classification) for thrombus management.