Rapid cooling may reduce cardiac injury in stenting

Six hospitals, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, are conducting a study to assess whether rapid cooling prevents the cardiac injury that can happen once blood flow is restored after a heart attack. Rapid cooling, a procedure whereby cool fluid is pumped through the body ahead of stent placement to decrease the body temperature to less than 95 degrees, may reduce cardiac injury and will be used in some of the 60 patients to be enrolled in the study. One patient has already successfully undergone the procedure at Vanderbilt, said Dr. Peter Fong, who performed the procedure.

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