Clinical Case Database / Category: Patient Management

Myocardial infarction due to thrombosis of coronary artery aneurysm

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Vidushi Golash, Dr Dwayne Conway
Foundation Years Journal, volume 7, issue 6, p.52 (123Doc Education, London, June 2013)


A 65-year-old male self-presented to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department with severe sudden onset central chest pain. He was diagnosed with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (nSTEMI) which had occurred due to poor compliance with prescribed anticoagulation leading to thrombosis of a longstanding coronary artery aneurysm, rather than a coronary stenosis. This required some deviation from ‘standard’ nSTEMI management. Clinicians should tailor evidence-based guidelines to the individual circumstances of each patient, rather than adopting a ‘one size fits all’ attitude, and good communication between professionals and patients is key to optimal medical care.

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Vidushi Golash

Third Year Medical Student
University Of Leeds

Dr Dwayne Conway (Corresponding author)

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist
Gate 47, Pinderfields Hospital
Aberford Road


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