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Acute right ventricular failure caused by concomitant coronary and pulmonary embolism: successful treatment with endovascular coronary and pulmonary thrombectomy.

  • Gustav Smith
  • Sasha Koul
  • Anders Roijer
  • Jasminka Holmqvist
  • Inger Keussen
  • Wojciech Cwikiel
  • Bertil Öhlin
  • David Erlinge
Publishing year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 131-136
Publication/Series: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care.
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: SAGE Publications

Abstract english

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is present in approximately 25% of the general population. PFO is characterized by intermittent shunting of blood from the right to the left atrium, especially in the context of increased right-sided filling pressures, with risk of paradoxical embolism. We describe a 69-year-old woman presenting with acute chest pain, severe dyspnoea, and acute inferolateral ST-segment elevation on the electrocardiogram. The patient was diagnosed with myocardial infarction and failure of the right cardiac ventricle, which was considered to be secondary to extensive pulmonary embolism leading to increased filling pressures and paradoxical coronary embolism. The patient underwent emergent percutaneous interventions with coronary thrombus extraction and pulmonary thrombus fragmentation and local thrombolysis. The patient was free of symptoms at follow up 6 months later and echocardiography showed substantially improved right ventricular function. We discuss issues related to the diagnosis, treatment, and secondary prevention for patients with concomitant pulmonary and coronary arterial thrombosis.


  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • Internal Medicine
  • ISSN: 2048-8734
E-mail: gustav [dot] smith [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

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Heart Failure and Mechanical Support


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