Gökhan Demirci, Tuğba Aktemur, Mustafa Yıldız

Department of Cardiology, İstanbul Mehmet Akif Ersoy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Türkiye

Keywords: Athlete; coronary artery dissection; surgery.


Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a less recognized form of acute coronary syndrome, often observed in young female patients. Knowledge regarding the diagnosis and treatment of SCAD has increased in recent years, yet gaps in treatment persist. Herein, we present the case of an 18-year-old male student, who, without a regular exercise habit, started a football match on a rug without prior warm-up and experienced exertional chest discomfort, leading him to present to the emergency department with crushing chest pain. The patient, with ST elevation noted, underwent angiography, revealing SCAD in the left anterior descending artery. Managed conservatively, the patient was discharged on the 4th day with successful outcomes. Distinguishing between SCAD and coronary artery occlusion can be challenging, particularly in young patients without any medical history. Moreover, conservative treatment can prevent unnecessary percutaneous coronary intervention and potential complications.

Cite This Article: Demirci G, Aktemur T, Yıldız M. Spontan Coronary Artery Dissection: What a Surprise. Koşuyolu Heart J 2024;27(1):60–62.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept – G.D.; Design – M.Y.; Supervision – T.A.; Funding – G.D.; Materials – G.D.; Literature search – G.D.; Writing – T.A.; Critical review – G.D., M.Y

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All authors declared no conflict of interest.

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