Case report: Acute myocardial infarction complicating a viper bite.

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  • 1 Internal Medicine Department, Princess Basma Teaching Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid.

Myocardial infarction is a rare complication of snakebite. The present report describes a 40-year-old Jordanian farmer who developed an acute myocardial infarction several hours after a snakebite. The diagnosis of myocardial infarction was confirmed by a typical history of retrosternal chest pain, characteristic electrocardiographic changes, and elevated serum creatinine kinase (MB-CK). The patient had no risk factors for coronary artery disease and the coronary arteries were normal on cardiac catheterization. The possible mechanisms leading to myocardial infarction following snakebite are discussed.