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Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim. 2007 Mar;54(3):188-91.

[Cesarean section in a patient with acute myocardial infarction during pregnancy].

[Article in Spanish]

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Servicio de Anestesia y Reanimación, Complejo Hospitalario San Millán-San Pedro-La Rioja, Logroño.


Maternal heart disease during pregnancy is the main cause of obstetric morbidity and mortality. We report the case of a 40-year-old woman with a history of myocardial infarction and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. The patient suffered a second heart attack and received pharmacologic treatment. After admission, she was seen to be 29 weeks pregnant. Delivery was by cesarean section under progressive epidural block without complications. We review the medical, obstetric, and anesthetic implications of myocardial infarction during pregnancy. The management of such patients should be multidisciplinary and decisions about delivery should be taken based on obstetric considerations.

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