Angiographic assessment of microvascular perfusion--myocardial blush in clinical practice

Francesco Burzotta, Leonarda Galiuto, Filippo Crea, Italo Porto, Marta Francesca Brancati, Christian Hamilton Craig

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Assessment of myocardial "blush" by either Myocardial Blush Grade or TIMI Myocardial Perfusion Grade, is the angiographic method currently preferred to confirm myocardial tissue-level perfusion after primary percutaneous intervention. This review focuses on the utility of angiographic "blush" as a simple, widely available, and virtually costless technique for the immediate diagnosis of microvascular impairment at the time of acute catheterization. We comprehensively outline the available evidence behind the "blush," its use in clinical practice, and draw comparisons with other new technologies for assessment of microvascular integrity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1022
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • angiographic perfusion


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