Vol 16, No 4 (2009)
Case Reports
Published online: 2009-05-12

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Myocardial infarction after an electric shock: A rare complication

Aksuyek Celebi, Okan Gulel, Hulya Cicekcioglu, Serkan Gokaslan, Gurkan Kututcularoglu, Vasfi Ulusoy
Cardiol J 2009;16(4):362-364.

Abstract

Myocardial infarction is one potential outcome after an electric shock though it is seen relatively rarely. Nonetheless, an increased death rate because of cardiopulmonary arrest is of concern and merits careful scrutiny. Here, we report a man with myocardial infarction following electrical shock. Although he had frankly normal coronary arteries by coronary angiography, myocardial infarction was objectively evident by cardiac enzymes, electrocardiography and echocardiography. Oral medication with a beta-blocker and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor was started. He was discharged in good health after stabilization for a co-existing pelvic fracture and retroperitoneal hematoma. The patient had an uneventful follow-up one year later, with persisting non-specific electrocardiographic changes.

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