STEMI in a Young Female? Consider Spontaneous Peripartum Coronary Artery Dissection

Kenn Ghaffarian, Molly Furin, Robert A. Bassett

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Spontaneous peripartum coronary artery dissection is a rare but potentially devastating event in premenopausal young women that is not discussed in core emergency medicine textbooks. It often presents as a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. It is a critical diagnosis which requires immediate interventions including medical therapy, percutaneous intervention, and even coronary artery bypass grafting. However, thrombolytics should be avoided. These 2 cases highlight some of the presenting features, electrocardiogram, and treatments of this rare but clinically important disease.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Medicine and Health Sciences

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