Coronary artery spasm and perioperative cardiac arrest

A. D. Pichard, J. Ambrose, B. Mindich, J. Midwall, R. Gorlin, R. S. Litwak, M. V. Herman

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There has been increasing interest in coronary artery spasm as an etiopathogenic mechanism for various syndromes associated with myocardial ischemia. A case with documented organic coronary artery disease is presented, in which coronary artery spasm was the probable cause of intraoperative and early postoperative cardiac arrest. The authors recommend that coronary spasm be considered in the differential diagnosis of perioperative cardiac arrest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980


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