Survival of an Octogenarian after Rupture of the Left Ventricular Free Wall Caused by Myocardial Infarction

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Left ventricular free wall rupture is an uncommon complication after a myocardial infarction that is associated with a high mortality rate from pericardial tamponade, especially in the elderly. Early recognition and management of this clinical entity affects the outcome; therefore, a high index of suspicion is imperative. We present a case of an 80-year-old man admitted with myocardial infarction, who had subsequent findings of left ventricular free wall rupture complicated by pericardial tamponade. Emergent surgical repair led to successful recovery. A brief overview of the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of this challenging and potentially fatal complication is presented.

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