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Can J Cardiol. 2004 Jun;20(8):815-8.

Spontaneous dissection of the left main coronary artery.

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Interventional Cardiology Program, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Ontario.


Spontaneous coronary artery dissection remains a rare but important cause of acute coronary syndromes. Presentation depends on the extent of the dissection, the vessels involved and the rate of its development, and can encompass the entire spectrum of coronary syndromes, with some patients being asymptomatic and others presenting with angina, non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, ST-elevation myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death. The authors describe a 33-year-old pregnant woman who presented with a non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction secondary to a spontaneous dissection of the left main coronary artery.

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