Document Type : Case reports


Department of Cardiology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University, Dalian, Liaoning, China


Introduction: ?-blockers and angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)/angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) are well known as critical therapies for improving the prognosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction, however, their use in some case may be limited. We believe that in such cases as when ?-blockers and ARB/ACEI use is limited, ivabradine plays a potential role in the improvement of individual prognoses.
Case Presentation: A 49-year-old man from Dalian, China. He was diagnosed with acute inferior myocardial infarction in Feb, 2016. And he still experienced palpitations and heart failure after drug treatment and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We used metoprolol at a low dose, although the symptoms were not relieved, ?-blockers could not be used or increase dose because of his hypotension. Finally, we chose ivabradine to alleviate the symptoms of the patient related to heart rate and palpitations without affecting blood pressure so as to promote the recovery of heart function. We witnessed a gradual reduction in heart rate (HR) and a gradual increase in blood pressure. Finally, we administered an ARB and increased via titration the dose of ARB and ?-blocker.
Conclusions: When there are limitations to the use of ARB/ACEI and ?-blockers, we can use ivabradine, which reduces HR without affecting blood pressure. Ivabradine can help with the titration of the dose of ARB/ACEI or ?-blockers.