Wednesday, 1 November 2017

ECG of the Week - 30th October 2017 - Interpretation

The following ECG is from a patient complaining of acute onset chest pain.

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  • 84 bpm
  • Regular
  • Sinus rhythm
  • Normal
  • PR - Normal
  • QRS - Normal

  • ST Elevation leads II (2mm), III (3mm), aVF (3mm), V3-6 (<1mm font="">
  • ST Depression leads I, aVR, aVL, V1-2
  • V1-3 initial R wave but R/S ratio is <1 font="">


  • Inferior STEMI

Main consideration specific for patients with an inferior STEMI are:

  • Initiate urgent re-perfusion
  • Is there evidence of AV block ?
  • Is there evidence of right ventricular involvement ?

ECG features that support RV involvement on this ECG is the presence of ST elevation III>II and ST depression in lead I. The potential for posterior involvement is raised by the flat ST depression seen in leads V1-2. Whilst concurrent activation of re-perfusion protocol was underway both right and posterior ECG's were performed.

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There is subtle ST elevation in the right leads with no ST elevation in the posterior leads.
I unfortunately don't have the patient's details to give you a conclusion from the angio report.
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.

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