DOI: 10.1161/circ.148.suppl_1.14776 ISSN: 0009-7322

Abstract 14776: Myopericarditis Mimicking Myocardial Infarction With Non-Obstructive Coronary Arteries

Mohammad M Akhtar, Hanad Bashir, Santosh Menon
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

This is a case of a 76-year-old female with a past medical history of recurrent paroxysmal symptomatic supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), atherosclerotic heart disease, mild aortic and mitral valve regurgitation, mild-moderate tricuspid regurgitation, right bundle branch block, hypothyroidism and bronchiectasis who presented to her dermatology appointment with palpitations and dizziness. She visited the cardiologist's office and was found to have SVT on electrocardiogram which did not terminate with Valsalva maneuvers. She arrived at the emergency department with chest pain and converted to sinus rhythm after 6 mg of intravenous adenosine was administered. Her troponin peaked to 0.21 and she was admitted with concerns for non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Transthoracic echocardiogram showed left ventricular ejection fractions of 61 percent with no wall motion abnormalities and left atrial and inferior vena cava dilation. She underwent left heart catheterization which only showed mild calcification and minimal luminal irregularities of the left anterior descending artery. Cardiac MRI showed myopericarditis and she was discharged with 0.6 mg of colchicine twice daily with plans for outpatient follow up.


Patients with myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) are discovered to have myocarditis on cardiac MRI 25-30% of time. However, this case uniquely demonstrates myopericarditis as the cause for MINOCA which may not have been previously specified. In addition, it is important to emphasize the utility of Cardiac MRI as a non-invasive modality to diagnose MINOCA “mimics”, especially in the female population.

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