• A 71-year-old man had a right ventricular infarct complicated with hypotension and transient complete atrioventricular block. The patient was found to have tricuspid regurgitation, which was corrected with a prosthetic tricuspid valve. After correction, there was dramatic improvement in his clinical status, with correction of persistent hypotension and weakness and early discharge home to full activity. Tricuspid regurgitation is a mechanical defect of acute myocardial infarction that benefits greatly from surgical correction. This therapy should be considered in any individual in whom tricuspid regurgitation complicates acute right ventricular infarction.
(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1394-1395)