Title: Stunned and Hibernating Myocardium: Where Are We Nearly 4 Decades Later?
Date: February 4, 2020
This paper is a 40 year update of the phenomenon of the stunned myocardium, a term I coined back in 1982 with Dr. Eugene Braunwald when I was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The concept refers to the observation that brief periods of low blood flow to the heart can result in prolonged recovery of contractile function of the heart muscle, even after blood flow has been restored. It is important as stunned myocardium can lead to heart failure. In this new article we update the concept as well as another similar concept, hibernating myocardium, which also can lead to heart failure.