This high power microscopic view of the myocardium demonstrates an infarction of about 1 to 2 days in duration. The myocardial fibers have dark red contraction bands extending across them. The myocardial cell nuclei have almost all disappeared. There is beginning acute inflammation. Clinically, such an acute myocardial infarction is marked by changes in the electrocardiogram and by a rise in the MB fraction of creatine kinase.