Coronary embolism and calcified aortic valve: is there a correlation?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Staico, R; Armaganijan, L; Lopes, RD

Published Date

  • October 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 425 - 427

PubMed ID

  • 22488471

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-742X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11239-012-0710-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands