Congestive heart failure, unstable angina, and moderate mitral regurgitation improved after double-vessel angioplasty in a 41-year-old woman who was considered inoperable because of high risk of bypass surgery. With the concomitant use of balloon counterpulsation, angioplasty reduced the cross-sectional stenosis in the left anterior descending coronary artery from 98 to 20% and in the left circumflex coronary artery from 90 to 0%. The right coronary artery was completely occluded and angioplasty was not attempted. The ejection fraction was 17% prior to angioplasty and 50% 2 months later at follow-up.
- congestive heart failure
- intra‐aortic balloon counterpulsation
- mitral regurgitation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine