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Cardiac rupture

Phillip B. Olivia
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 5 Number 6: Page 8 (December 1998)

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Abstract: Cardiac rupture has been considered to be unpredictable, and unpreventable, and untreatable. This pessimistic view prevailed at the beginning of the century, persisted at mid century, and only now is beginning to change. The standard 12-lead electrocardiogram, cardiology's oldest diagnostic test, has been found to show changes characteristic of impending rupture that predict actual rupture within 24 to 72 hours. On the therapeutic front, an endoscopic device and a novel but simple procedure performed with the device have been introduced to prevent impending rupture from proceeding to actual rupture.

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