Obstetrical Anesthesia in Myocardial Infarction and Complete Heart Block

Joseph G. Giuffrida, MD; Dante V. Bizzarri, MD; Lamides Lagman, MD; Richard D. Grimaldi, MD
JAMA. 1968;204(7):617-620. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140200057018.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

To our knowledge, no case of pregnancy complicated by complete heart block and old myocardial infarction has been reported. In this communication, we shall describe the obstetrical course and anesthetic management of a pregnant patient with these unusual complications.

Report of a Case  A 35-year-old woman was admitted to Metropolitan Hospital in December 1960 with an acute myocardial infarction of the anterior wall, complete heart block, and syphilitic aortitis. Before this admission, she had delivered four children uneventfully, the last child having been born in May 1960. After treatment of the acute episode, she was followed up by the Home Care Service as a class 3-C cardiac (as defined by the New York Heart Association). She received pentaerythritol tetranitrate, 10 mg four times a day, and her physical activities were restricted because of easy fatiguability and angina pectoris.At age 40, the patient again became pregnant. Her expected date of


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.