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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-26

A Case of Acquired Ventricular Septal Defect Complicating Silent Myocardial Infarction: An Unusual Presentation

Department of Medicine, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Neelima Singh
Dal Bazar, Tiraha, Lashkar, Gwalior - 474 009, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-449X.153283

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Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a rare, but serious complication of acute myocardial infarction requiring early surgical intervention. We report a case of a 75-year-old man, who had a silent myocardial infarction followed by an asymptomatic ventricular septal rupture, both of which remained undiagnosed until the patient experienced biventricular failure. Asymptomatic myocardial infarction in elderly may be a risk factor for acquired VSD. Two-dimensional echocardiography is a sensitive, rapid, reliable and safe technique for diagnosing VSD postmyocardial infarction.

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