Wednesday, 12 March 2014

ECG of the Week - 10th March 2014 - Interpretation

This ECG is from a 77 year old female who presented with dysponea and palpitations. Medical history of ischaemic heart disease. Clinical examination consistent with cardiac failure.
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  • Mean ventricular rate ~66 bpm
  • Atrial activity rate ~68 bpm
  • Regular atrial activity
  • Sinus rhythm
    • Regular unifocal PVC's
    • Pattern - P-QRS, P-QRS, PVC
    • Full compensatory associated with PVCs
  • Sinus complexes - LAD
  • PVCs - Normal
Intervals - Sinus Complexes:
  • PR - Prolonged (~210ms)
  • QRS - Prolonged (180ms)
  • QT - 440ms
Interval - PVCs:
  • QRS - Prolonged (160ms)
  • QT - 400ms

  • Sinus complexes - Discordant ST segment & T wave changes
    • ST Elevation leads III, aVF, aVR, V1-4
    • ST Depression leads I, aVL, V6
    • T wave inversion leads I, II, aVL
  • LBBB Morphology - sinus complexes
  • P waves broad (120ms) and notched lead II
    • Intra-atrial block
  • Trigeminy
  • LBBB
  • 1st Degree AV Block
What happened

This patient presented with severe cardiac failure and an out-of-hospital collapse. The ECG features of LBBB and 1st degree AV block were longstanding with no acute change in the LBBB morphology. 

The patient had a normal potassium but was profoundly acidotic, ABG below :

  • pH 6.9
  • pCO90 [mmHg]
  • PO96 [mmHg]
  • HCO18 [mmol/L]
  • Lactate 11 [mmol/L]
  • Anion Gap 17 [mmol/L]

Previous ECHO, over 12 month prior, had shown the following:

  • Dilated LV with inferolateral akinesis
  • Severe LV impairment
  • Severe mitral regurgitation
  • Severely dilated left atrium
  • Severe pulmonary hypertension

Last angiogram, over 12 month prior, showed: 

  • LAD - 70% proximal stenosis
  • RCA - 30% proximal stenosis, 50% distal stenosis

Given associated extensive co-morbidites and previous unsuitability for invasive treatment management focused on symtpomatic relief and comfort measures only. 

References / Further Reading

Life in the Fast Lane

  • QRS Complex here
  • LBBB here
  • Premature Ventricular Complex 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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