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Coronary artery dissection

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Coronary artery dissection

  • coronary artery dissection is a rare cause of myocardial infarction

  • is not due to atherosclerosis and occurs more commonly in women than men, characteristically during or soon after pregnancy. It presents as a classical myocardial infarction, but is often misdiagnosed because inexperienced doctors fail to consider a heart attack in a young woman with no risk factors for atherosclerosis

  • treatment is by angioplasty and stenting, or occasionally, bypass surgery. Because diagnosis is frequently delayed, women with coronary artery dissection are often left with substantial, permanent myocardial damage


  • 1) BHF Factfile (November 2010). Women and coronary heart disease

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