Myocardial Infarction with Nonobstructive Coronary Arteries (MINOCA)

When I first heard the term MINOCA, it made me (JSA) think that perhaps this referred to an ancient civilization in Greece resembling the Minoans on Crete. For example, β€œArcheologists had just unearthed the remains of one of the cities of Minoca in northern Greece”. Of course, for cardiologists, MINOCA has nothing to do with ancient Greece. Rather, it refers to the 5-10% of acute myocardial infarction (MI) patients with minimal to no discernable high grade, critical, coronary arterial stenoses (Myocardial INfarction with Nonobstructed Coronary Arteries) .

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