Despite percutaneous intervention after an acute coronary syndrome, patients remain at high risk for recurrent events in the first year. Prior studies have shown that a plaque rupture can occur not only at a single culprit lesion site but also in other atherosclerotic plaques throughout the coronary vasculature in patients with stable angina, silent myocardial ischemia, and during acute coronary syndromes. A 71-year-old man who presented with exertional angina and who had a successful stent in a culprit right coronary artery is described in this article. After 4 weeks, he represented with accelerated angina. A prior lesion in the obtuse marginal artery, remote from the site of the index lesion, had progressed from a 30% to 90% stenosis. This case report demonstrates the systemic nature of acute coronary syndromes, highlights the inherent instability of coronary artery disease, and supports the notion of aggressive secondary prevention in these patients.
- Coronary arteriosclerosis
- Percutaneous coronary
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine