Authors:Seher Gokay, Davran Çiçek, and Haldun Müderrisoğlu
Homocysteine (Hcy), a sulfur-containing amino acid that is formed by demethylation of dietary methionine to cystein. Elevated homocysteine level is known to be associated with coronary artery disease. We present a case of acute myocardial infarction in a 25-year-old woman, associated with hyperhomocysteinaemia. Her other risk factors for coronary artery disease were smoking, a moderately high LDL level, and a family history of sudden cardiac death. This case illustrates the need to include plasma homocysteine measurement in the setting of acute coronary syndromes in women with premature atherosclerosis, even in the presence of traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease.