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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2019, 7(7), 133-134
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-7-7-3
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Coronary Artery Dissection: A Spontaneous Phenomena in Postpartum Period

Sanwal Sing Mehta1, Muhammad Usman Asghar2, , Hira Cheema3 and Krishna Kommineni1

1Internal Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center, New York, USA

2Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA

3Internal Medicine, Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan

Pub. Date: June 24, 2019

Cite this paper:
Sanwal Sing Mehta, Muhammad Usman Asghar, Hira Cheema and Krishna Kommineni. Coronary Artery Dissection: A Spontaneous Phenomena in Postpartum Period. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2019; 7(7):133-134. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-7-7-3

Abstract

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare but life-threatening cause of acute coronary artery syndrome. Although, SCAD may be attributed to underlying medical illness such as connective tissue disease, vasculitis or atherosclerosis, its occurrence in young healthy females is an uncommon phenomenon. Pregnant females, particularly in their peripartum or post-partum periods are affected the most. The etiology remains unclear but certain factors such as hemodynamic and hormonal changes during pregnancy have thought to play a significant role. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection has a very high mortality rate and physicians should be vigilant when an otherwise young healthy female presents with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome.

Keywords:
coronary artery dissection pregnancy postpartum

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