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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 347806, 2 pages
Case Report

Cocaine-Associated Myocardial Infarction: Should They All Be Stented?

Department of Cardiology, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland

Received 19 June 2011; Accepted 7 July 2011

Academic Editors: J. A. Breall, M. T. Castagna, M.-H. Jim, H. Kataoka, and G. Pontone

Copyright © 2011 Sazzli Kasim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cocaine use is a known cause of chest pain and acute myocardial infarction and frequently leads to cardiac catheterization procedure. The treatment of cocaine-related acute coronary syndromes presents unique challenges because a variety of mechanisms including atherosclerotic plaque rupture, platelet activation, and coronary vasospasm may contribute to the pathogenesis. Our case highlights important considerations taken in dealing with this acute scenario