Emboli of a main artery cause serious complications in patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction, in whom the surgical risk is high. In order to save the limb, embolectomy is indicated and should be considered. Early diagnosis and prompt surgical intervention with the use of the Fogarty catheter simplify the embolectomy procedure and enable restoration of circulation to the ischaemic limb. Thirty-two embolectomies were performed in twenty-eight patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction. Patients with cardiac compensation survived the surgery and recovered. However 50% of the patients in whom acute myocardial infarction was accompanied with congestive heart failure and arrhythmias died. The cause of death was the underlying disease. Considering the severity of the acute myocardial infarction this group of patients represents the expected mortality.
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