PMID: 107879Jan 1, 1979

Epidemiological profile of patients with myocardial infarction and normal coronary arteriography

Archives des maladies du coeur et des vaisseaux
F CherrierG Faivre


Of a total of 4,800 coronary arteriogrammes, 1,280 of which were carried out after myocardial infarction, 25 cases of proven infarction with normal coronary arteriography, confirmed by several "blind" interpretations, were retained. The interval between acute infarction and coronary arteriography was usually less than 6 months. The average age of the patients was 36.9 years, affecting more women than in classical coronary artery disease. The acute infarction was nearly always the first symptom. Cigarette consumption and hormonal factors is women were coronary risks factors of note. Ventricular sequellae were frequent, cardiac failure exceptional, exercise testing nearly always negative and occupational rehabilitation usually normal. It would seem that this affection is less serious than classical myocardial infarction due to atheroma probably because the non-infarcted myocardium is healthy, but the true prognosis of this type of coronary accident will only be revealed by long term studies. In the meantime the most useful investigations and the management of these patients are discussed.

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