Clinical, angiographic, and pathologic data support the contention that atherosclerosis, platelet aggregation, and coronary vasomotility work in unison to cause coronary thrombosis, which in turn leads to myocardial infarction. A patient is described in whom, 2 months after an acute myocardial infarction, inducible coronary artery spasm and a nonocclusive thrombus were angiographically demonstrated at the site of a minimal atherosclerotic narrowing in the infarction-related vessel. This report, to the best of our knowledge, is the first time that these three pathophysiologic mechanisms have been shown, in vivo, to be occurring concomitantly in an infarct-related vessel. Documentation of the unified occurrence of these phenomena support the current concept of the pathophysiology of myocardial infarction.
- coronary spasm
- coronary stenosis
- myocardial infarction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine