Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp 412–414

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection in the postpartum period

  • B. J. L. Van den Branden
  • W. A. J. Bruggeling
  • P. H. J. M. Dunselman
case report

DOI: 10.1007/BF03086188

Cite this article as:
Van den Branden, B.J.L., Bruggeling, W.A.J. & Dunselman, P.H.J.M. NHJL (2008) 16: 412. doi:10.1007/BF03086188
postpartum coronary artery dissection 


Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is a very uncommon cause of acute coronary syndrome. It occurs predominantly in young to middle-aged women during or after pregnancy. The aetiology remains uncertain. Possible factors are hormonal changes, haemodynamic stress and changes in autoimmune status. In case of single-vessel dissection and normal blood flow, conservative treatment often leads to complete angiographic resolution. This case report describes the clinical presentation, diagnosis and therapy of spontaneous coronary artery dissection in a 37-year-old woman in the postpartum period. (Neth Heart J 2008;16: 412-4.)

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© Bohn Stafleu van Loghum 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. J. L. Van den Branden
    • 1
  • W. A. J. Bruggeling
  • P. H. J. M. Dunselman
  1. 1.