Learning Objectives:


The pathophysiology of acute MI is plaque rupture. List and describe the role of platelets, coagulation cascade and vasoactive agents at the site of rupture.



The student should develop a calm , professional bedside manner in order to effectively care for the acute MI patient and his/her family. Rapid decisions need to be made in order to provide optimal care.

The patient will probably never feel more vulnerable than during the early days post MI and the student has to be a source of information and education for the patient and family in order to ensure the best outcome.


  1. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine 15th Edition, pages 1386-1399