Mechanical Complications of MI: Papillary Muscle Rupture, Free Wall Rupture, Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm

Authors: Michael Ragosta III, MD
Credit/contact hours: .75
Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Expiration date: July 10, 2024



Myocardial infarction may lead to profound weakening of the involved wall and disruption of the infarcted segment. Depending on the location of the rupture, a variety of mechanical complications can result.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To describe the typical time course and clinical presentations of acute mitral regurgitation due to papillary muscle rupture
  • To define an appropriate diagnostic approach to the patient with a suspect acute mitral regurgitation complicating acute MI
  • To describe the potential therapeutic strategies and time course for acute mitral regurgitation
  • To list the potential consequences and complications of myocardial free wall rupture and ventricular pseudoaneurysm

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close the tab.