Acute myocardial infarction associated with pregnancy

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Jul 15;52(3):171-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2008.03.049.


Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) during pregnancy or the early post-partum period is rare but has been shown to be associated with poor maternal as well as fetal outcome. Major changes in both diagnosis and treatment of AMI in the nonpregnant patient have lead to improved outcome which may also affect pregnant patients. The purpose of this paper is to review available information related to the pathophysiology and clinical profile and provide recommendations for the diagnosis and management of AMI occuring during pregnancy and the early post-partum period.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary
  • Cardiovascular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Maternal Welfare
  • Myocardial Infarction* / diagnosis
  • Myocardial Infarction* / epidemiology
  • Myocardial Infarction* / etiology
  • Myocardial Infarction* / therapy
  • Obstetric Labor Complications / diagnosis
  • Obstetric Labor Complications / epidemiology
  • Obstetric Labor Complications / therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular* / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular* / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular* / therapy
  • Risk Factors
  • Thrombolytic Therapy / methods
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Cardiovascular Agents