open artery theory

open artery theory

Open infarct-related artery theory Cardiology A theory that holds that the duration of coronary artery occlusion affects the extent of infarction
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OAT stands for the "open artery theory." Researchers wanted to prove that if they opened arteries with surgery after a heart attack, fewer patients would die.
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