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Keywords

Cardiology, Coronary artery, Dissection, Myocardial infarction, Peripartum, Postpartum, Spontaneous

 

Authors

  1. Robinson, Julie R. RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC

Abstract

Pregnancy-related spontaneous coronary artery dissection (P-SCAD) is a rare but life-threatening condition of the peripartum and postpartum mother. The gold standard of diagnosing P-SCAD is a left cardiac catheterization; however, this diagnostic tool may not be used early because myocardial infarction is not typically a top differential diagnosis for women and especially young pregnant women presenting with acute chest pain. Providers and registered nurses, particularly those in the prehospital setting, the emergency department, and labor and delivery units, should be aware of signs, symptoms, potential risk factors, and diagnostic results that could indicate P-SCAD and initiate early and appropriate treatment to improve maternal outcomes.