Underlying cause discovered for a prior idiopathic AMI

R. Godfrey, R. O'Hanlon, M. Wilson, J. Buckley, S. Sharma, G. Whyte

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The authors previously reported on an active, young male with normal coronaries who sustained an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The acute cause was a coronary thrombus; however, the cause of this thrombus and a definitive diagnosis remained elusive for 18 months until a new series of events, including symptoms of breathlessness, dizziness and collapse led to acute hospital admission. CT scan revealed numerous deep venous thromboses in the right leg and bilateral pulmonary emboli (PE). Acute pharmacological thrombolysis eliminated breathlessness and significantly reduced the risk of mortality. Clinical consensus suggests a coagulopathy, requiring indefinite treatment with Warfarin. In young individuals presenting with AMI, lifestyle, personal, family and clinical history should be considered and coronary artery disease should not be assumed until further tests have eliminated coagulopathy. In those presenting with breathlessness and a history which includes AMI, a CT scan is indicated to eliminate concerns of venous thromboembolism generally and PE specifically where untreated survival times are short.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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