Postoperative ischemia may complicate cardiac surgery, despite myocardial protection and recent technical developments. Its medical management in the intensive cardiac care unit is usually efficient, although sometimes it requires the revision of the surgical site. In other cases, urgent coronary angiography and subsequent coronary stenting may resolve the situation. Ostial stenosis of coronary anastomoses is a well-known uncommon but dramatic complication after aortic surgery causing myocardial ischemia. Cases of effort angina have been described several months after surgery, but in some cases, acute myocardial infarction may occur days or weeks after intervention. We here describe an anteroseptal ST-elevation myocardial infarction soon after a Bentall aortic root replacement due to compression of the left main ostium by surgical glue, which has been effectively treated by emergency coronary stenting. This case highlights the importance of a joint management of acute myocardial ischemia after cardiac surgery by the cardiac surgeon and the interventional cardiologist.
A case of myocardial infarction effectively treated by emergency coronary stenting soon after a Bentall-De Bono aortic surgery / Marino, M; Cellini, C; Tsiopoulos, V; Pavone, N; Zamparelli, R; Corrado, M; Cosentino, N; Lombardo, A; Belloni, F; Niccoli, G. - In: CARDIOVASCULAR REVASCULARIZATION MEDICINE. - ISSN 1553-8389. - 11(2010), pp. e5-e9. [10.1016/j.carrev.2009.07.003]