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Dynamic changes in myocardial architecture after reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI): insights from the prospective REMI study (REmodeling after Myocardial Infarction)


Following an acute infarction, a dynamic healing process initiates via extracellular substrate deposition and turnover, resulting in ongoing remodeling of infarct territory and global function change of left ventricle. Our prospective study was designed to investigate by CMR the dynamic changes in myocardial architecture at 2-4 days and 6 months following a reperfused AMI.


66 consecutive patients who fulfilled inclusion criteria underwent two CMRs: 2-4 days (baseline) and 6 months (follow-up) after the AMI, comprising SSFP images for analysis of left ventricular functions and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) MRI (0.1 mmol/Kg; DOTAREM®, GUERBET, Roissy, France) for infarct analysis using a threshold method. Of 132 CMRs, 6 (4 from baseline) were non-diagnostic owing to poor EKG triggering and/or inability of the patients to hold their breath; 5 patients without evidence of infarct scar by LGE were also excluded. Hence, 57 patients (50 male; 56.7 ± 13.2 yo) were eventually analyzed. Total infarct was determined as area with signal intensity (SI) above mean+5SD of remote myocardium and was further divided into peri-infarct zone (PIZ) and infarct core by introducing a 7SD threshold; microvascular obstruction was manually included into the core; a core to PIZ ratio(C/PIZ) was calculated and a transmurality score was computed using a 5-point scale on the 16-segment model derived from the AHA model. Paired t-test was used for comparison between the two MRI and Pearson's correlation coefficients were calculated to assess prediction of LV parameters.


14 patients (25%) had an AMI in the LAD territory; 18 patients (31.6%) presented microvascular obstruction on LGE images at baseline. Dynamic changes of infarct indices and LV functional parameters are detailed in table 1; LVEF improved significantly (p < 0.0001), owing to a decrease of LVESV (p < 0.05), possibly related to stunning at subacute phase; the increase of LVEDV remained mild, possibly indicative that most of LV remodeling occurred prior to the baseline MRI. Total infarct, core and PIZ mass all diminished significantly (p < 0.0001 for all). Both C/PIZ and transmurality score remained identical. Both total scar and infarct core masses at baseline were predictive of LVEF, LVEDV and LVESV at follow-up (table 2), but not of the change in LV functional parameters.

Table 1 Infarct index and LV functional parameters at baseline and follow-up.
Table 2 Pearson's correlation coefficients between infarct indices and LV remodeling.


Following reperfused AMI, our study demonstrated a significant improvement in LVEF, related to an improved contractility due to stunning in the subacute phase. Myocardial damage characteristics by LGE showed a decrease of infarct size, owing to resorption of myocardial edema, in the same amount between its two components, core and PIZ.


Grant from the French Ministry of Health Support from Laboratoire Guerbet, Roissy, France: supply of contrast medium

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Zhang, L., Huttin, O., Moulin, F. et al. Dynamic changes in myocardial architecture after reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI): insights from the prospective REMI study (REmodeling after Myocardial Infarction). J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 16, P223 (2014).

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  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Late Gadolinium Enhancement
  • Microvascular Obstruction
  • Subacute Phase