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To the Editor:—
Myocardial infarction in pregnancy is not as rare as the literature would indicate. It is reasonable to suppose that only a minority of such cases are reported in the medical literature. I have seen 3 cases in the last 10 years in the city of Los Angeles. As Dr. Shapiro et al. (JAMA179:966 [March] 1962) indicated, the prognosis seems to be good if the patient survives the first few days of the myocardial infarction.One patient had a myocardial infarction on Jan. 13, 1955, when she was 26 years of age. She was normotensive and without any other concomitant or complicating disease. Her father had died of a myocardial infarction at 51 years of age and her mother was suffering from hypertensive heart disease. After an uneventful recovery from an anterior myocardial infarction, the patient delivered spontaneously a normal child. Seven years later, signs of
Phillips E. Myocardial Infarction in Pregnancy. JAMA. 1962;181(1):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050270065018
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