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Related to reperfusion: reperfusion arrhythmia
restoration of blood flow to an area or part that had had temporary ischemia.
The restoration of blood flow to an organ or tissue that has had its blood supply cut off, as after a heart attack.
blocked arteries are opened to reestablish blood flow. It may be accomplished through thrombolytic therapy or percutaneous transluminal angioplasty.
reperfusion(re-per-fu'zhon) [ re- + perfusion]
1. The restoration of blood flow to a part of the body deprived of adequate circulation, e.g., the heart muscle in myocardial infarction or the brain in stroke. This may be accomplished by thrombolytic agents, (e.g., streptokinase or tissue plasminogen activator), or mechanical interventions (e.g., stent placement). These interventions have improved outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndromes and in patients with stroke who come to medical attention in the first few hours of their illness.