Myocardial infarction (MI) due to coronary artery embolization is a rare and potentially lethal compli-cation of prosthetic heart valve thrombosis. A 58-year-old man in whom the aortic valve was replaced with a bileaflet mechanical valve presented with an acute anterior MI. Valvular dysfunction was detected by physical examination, and confirmed by two-dimensional echocardiography and cinefluoroscopy. Coronary angiography disclosed embolization of the left anterior descending artery. Thrombotic encroach-ment of one of the prosthetic valve leaflets was found at reoperation. Failure to achieve adequate anticoagulation was likely due to an interaction between warfarin and herbal products. These find-ings have significant implications regarding the diagnosis and treatment of acute MI in patients with left-sided prosthetic heart valves, and emphasizes the importance of appropriate anticoagulation in this setting.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Heart Valve Disease|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine