Wednesday, 26 October 2016

ECG of the Week - 24th October 2016 - Interpretation

The following ECG is from a 62 yr old male who presented with 90 minutes of central chest pain.

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  • Mean ventricular rate 90 bpm
  • Bigeminy
    • Regularly irregular
    • Sinus complex followed by premature complex fixed ratio
Sinus Complexes

The presence of bigeminy means it's easy to get confused and distracted.
The ECG below has the premature complexes removed.

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  • Normal
  • PR - Normal (~160ms)
  • QRS - Normal (100ms)

  • ST Elevation leads II (1mm), III (2mm), aVF (2mm), V6 (1mm)
  • ST depression leads V1-4, aVL
  • rSr' pattern V1
  • Hyperacute T wave lead V5
  • T inversion leads aVL, V1-2
Premature Complexes

The premature complexes also have some interesting features.

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Key features
  • LAD
  • QRS - Prolonged (120ms)
  • Excessive discordant ST elevation in leads II, aVF, V5-6
  • Infero-postero-lateral STEMI
  • Bigeminy
What happened ?

The patient was transferred for urgent angio which showed:

  • LM - normal
  • LAD - mild irregularities
  • Cx - 100% OM1 occlusion --> stented
  • RCA - long 50% stenosis
  • LV gram - inferoapical hypokinesis
Post angio echo showed:
  • EF 47%
  • Normal LV size
  • Inferolateral and anterolateral hypokineses

The patient made an uneventful post angio recovery and was commenced on DAPT, statin, ACE and beta-blocker therapy.

References / Further Reading

Life in the Fast Lane

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