Revista de la Sociedad Española del Dolor
versión impresa ISSN 1134-8046
Ischemic cardiomyopathy in patients with unstable angina refractory to medical therapy is a difficult medical condition. Unfavorable anatomy or excessive surgical risk can advise against the performance of angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery. This study has reviewed the use of thoracal epidural analgesia/anesthesia for the management and stabilization of this type of patients, with a brief description of the physiopathology of cardiac ischemia, experimental studies in animals and human beings, use of cardiac surgery and side effects.
Palabras clave : Epidural analgesia; Unstable angina.