2011, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 302 – 304

Acute Embolic Events –Myocardial Infarction and Stroke, in the Presence of an Interatrial Septal Aneurysm


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Authors and Affiliations

Correspondence to:Carmen Ginghina, Prof, MD, PhD, ‘Prof. Dr. C. C. Iliescu’ Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Fundeni, District 2, Bucharest, Romania


We will present the case of a 52 year old patient, admitted to our Department for exertional angina, with 2 recent acute events – inferior myocardial infarction and stroke. The coronary angiography revealed patent coronary arteries, without atherosclerotic lesions. The transthoracic echocardiography established the presence of an interatrial septal aneurysm with interatrial shunt. Under these circumstances, we have considered the presence of paradoxical embolism as a potential pathophysiological mechanism of the acute ischemic events. The percutaneous closure of the interatrial shunt to prevent the recurrence of embolic events will be discussed.


About this article

PMC ID: 3168822
PubMed ID: 22567057

Article Publishing Date (print): 15-08-2011
Available Online: 25-08-2011

Journal information

ISSN Printing: 1844-122X
ISSN Online: 1844-3117
Journal Title: Journal of Medicine and Life

Copyright: © 2020 Carol Davila University Press. Romania

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