Transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR) is a technique that has been performed on over 10,000 patients around the world. Most of the patients were not suffering from heart failure. TMR is principally used for the treatment of angina, but in patients with significant reversible ischemia that is not amenable to conventional therapy, TMR may also improve myocardial function. The results of using TMR as a treatment for angina show a dramatic improvement in symptoms and quality of life. This paper reviews the current status of TMR techniques, mechanisms and results.
Keith A. Horvath, MD
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Northwestern University
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Cardiology (International Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, Surgery and Pathology)
Founded 1937 as ‘Cardiologia’ by Bruno Kisch and Wilhelm Löffler
Vol. 101, No. 1-3, Year 2004 (Cover Date: Released February 2004)
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