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Is follow-up echocardiogram mandatory after a STEMI?


Current guidelines do not advise follow-up echocardiograms after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), unless the left ventricular ejection fraction is ≤40%. We present an interesting case of left ventricular pseudo-aneurysm–diagnosed 6 months after index STEMI presentation. Follow-up echocardiogram was performed in her case, due to jaw pain during routine haemodialysis. The patient was successfully treated with percutaneous closure device. This case raises the question of whether echo follow-up should be routinely advised after STEMI–even in those with minimal cardiac symptoms.


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Parasuraman, S.K., Srinivasan, J. & Broadhurst, P. Is follow-up echocardiogram mandatory after a STEMI?. Echo Res Pract 7, K27–K30 (2020).

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