[Myocardial infarction in pregnancy]

Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1991 Mar 30;121(13):456-62.
[Article in German]


Myocardial infarction during pregnancy and puerperium is very rare. Increased awareness of its possible occurrence is important for diagnosis. We report on a 37-year-old woman without coronary risk factors who suffered an anterior septal infarction in the last trimester. Coronary angiography one month after normal delivery and two months after infarction revealed normal coronary arteries. Ventriculography showed anteroseptal akinesia. The assumed etiology of myocardial infarction appears to be coronary spasm. A history of vasospasm in other vascular beds, migraine and Raynaud's phenomenon support this hypothesis. The literature is reviewed with special emphasis on clinical picture, prognosis, etiology and management of myocardial infarction during pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiovascular Agents / adverse effects
  • Cardiovascular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Coronary Vasospasm / complications
  • Female
  • Fetus / drug effects
  • Heart Function Tests
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Myocardial Infarction / drug therapy
  • Myocardial Infarction / etiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / diagnosis*
  • Risk Factors


  • Cardiovascular Agents