Angiographic recognition and percutaneous intervention of an occluded anomalous circumflex coronary artery causing acute myocardial infarction: a case report

Case Study

Abstract

Coronary arteries with anomalous origin are unusual but can be responsible for myocardial infarction. Acute occlusion of an anomalous coronary artery is not only easily missed on angiography but also technically challenging for percutaneous intervention. In this report, we present our experience in a patient with an anomalous circumflex being the culprit vessel in acute myocardial infarction. We report a case of a 74-year-old male patient presented with sudden chest pain. The diagnosis of occluded anomalous circumflex coronary artery was made by invasive coronary angiography shortly after admission. The patient was stented with a 2.5 x 18mm bare metal stent and was discharged with intensive medical treatment and regular follow-up. Interventional cardiologists should keep in mind there are several anomalous origin, the most frequent anomaly being a circumflex artery with origin from the right coronary artery or the right sinus of Valsalva. 

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Direct cost of treatment in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction in Vietnam

Original Research

Abstract

Background: Acute myocardial infarction has become a serious financial burden for patients, healthcare system, and society. It is therefore necessary to assess treatment cost of myocardial infarction that had been conducted in many countries in the world and still not fully analysed in Vietnam. Thus, we sought to describe acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction treatment cost and analyse related factors to acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction treatment cost.

Methods and Materials: A retrospective cross-sectional study. Patients who was diagnosed by ST-elevation myocardial infarction at Cho Ray Hospital from June 2018 to February 2019, satisfied inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Results: We collected 130 patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction with male: female ratio of 3:1, at average age of mean ± Standard deviation (SD) = 62.9 ± 12.6. The length of stay in hospital was mean ± SD = 7.1 ± 3.3 days and the median direct cost of MI was 68,902,500 VND (interquartile range (IQR): 5,737,200 – 104,266,000 VND). The average total cost of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction in the percutaneous coronary intervention group was more than 16 times as the conservative group. The treatment strategies and hospital complications were major factors that affected treatment cost.

Conclusion: The median direct cost of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction was accounted for 68,902,500 VND. Complications directly affected costs.

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