Wednesday, 20 November 2013

ECG of the Week - 18th November 2013 - Interpretation

This week's ECG is from a 65 yr old male who presents with chest pain.
Intermittent exertional chest pain over the preceding week .
Continuous chest pain for the last hour with dysponea and diaphoresis.
Past history of hypertension. Non smoker with no family history.
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  • 78
  • Regular
  • Sinus rhythm
  • LAD (-35 deg)
  • PR - Normal (~140ms)
  • QRS - Normal (100ms)
  • QT - 380ms (QTc Bazette ~ 430 ms)
  • ST Elevation leads aVR (1mm) V1 (2mm), V2 (4mm), V3 (3mm), V4 (2mm)
  • ST Depression leads I, II, V6
  • Small q wave leads aVL, V2, V3
  • Prominent 'hyperacute' Twaves leads V1-4
  • Acute Anterior STEMI
What Happened ?

The patient was transferred for immediate PCI which showed:

  • Mid-LAD 100% Occlusion --> Stented
  • All other vessels normal
  • Apical akinesis on ventriculogram

The patient was discharged following a 3 day in-patient stay.

References / Further Reading

Life in the Fast Lane

  • Anterior STEMI here
  • Chan TC, Brady WJ, Harrigan RA, Ornato JP, Rosen P. ECG in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care. Elsevier Mosby 2005.

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