Left ventricular thrombus
Left ventricular thrombus (LVT) is a blood clot (thrombus) in the left ventricle of the heart. LVT is a common complication of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Typically the clot is a mural thrombus, meaning it is on the wall of the ventricle. The primary risk of LVT is the occurrence of cardiac embolism, in which the thrombus detaches from the ventricular wall and travels through the circulation and blocks blood vessels. Blockage can be especially damaging in the heart or brain (stroke). LVT occurs most often during the first 2 weeks following acute myocardial infarction.
Echocardiography is the main diagnostic tool for Left ventricular thrombus. A distinct mass is visible in the left ventricle. Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are effective, but less common ways to detect Left ventricular thrombus, due to their costs and risks.
Systemic anticoagulation is considered first-line medical therapy for LVT, as it reduces the risk of systemic embolism.
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