Coronary embolism and calcified aortic valve: is there a correlation?
Coronary artery embolism is an uncommon cause of myocardial infarction. We report a case of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction due to a coronary embolism that originated from a calcified aortic valve. Coronary angiography demonstrated complete occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention was successfully performed, with aspiration of the valve tissue and complete restoration of the coronary artery blood flow. This was followed by aortic valve replacement a few days later.
Staico, R; Armaganijan, L; Lopes, RD
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