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J Emerg Med. 2006 Apr;30(3):307-10.

Pregnancy-associated coronary artery dissection: a case report.

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Department of Trauma/EMS, University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT 06102, USA.

Abstract

We describe the case of a 38-year-old woman who presented with a chief complaint of chest heaviness approximately 2 weeks postpartum. She was otherwise healthy with no cardiac risk factors. Coronary angiography revealed a spiral dissection of the left main coronary artery that extended to the left anterior descending coronary artery. Pregnancy-associated coronary artery dissection is a disease that has in the past carried a high mortality rate. Even today many women die before reaching medical help. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty for single vessel disease and coronary artery bypass grafting for multi-vessel disease are becoming the treatments of choice.

PMID:
16677984
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2005.05.027
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