Anatomic validation of electrocardiographic estimation of the size of acute or healed myocardial infarcts

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  • Seventeen new criteria added to the simplified version of the Selvester QRS scoring system to comprise the complete version were evaluated to determine their value in estimating the size of single infarcts. These non-Q-wave criteria might be particularly useful regarding posterolateral infarcts in the distribution of the left circumflex artery. The study population was made up of 21 anterior, 30 inferior and 20 posterolateral single myocardial infarction (MI) patients with no evidences of bundle branch or fasccular blocks, ventricular hypertrophy or previous MI on their final stable electrocardiogram. The complete system's maximum 32 points is capable of indicating MI in 96% of the left ventricle and it estimated a mean electrocardiographic MI size that better approximated the anatomic size compared with the simplified version in all Ml locations. The correlation between anatomic and electrocardiographic MI size using the complete system was better and statistically significant for the posterolateral MI group (simplified r = 0.55, p <0.01 vs complete r = 0.70, p <0.0006). Criteria such as Q and S amplitude ≤0.3 mV in V1 and ≤0.4 mV in V2 were particularly helpful. This study documents the improved ability provided by the 17 additional non-Q-wave criteria which have been added in the complete version of this scoring system regarding the sizing of infarcts in the region of the left ventricle supplied by the left circumflex artery. © 1990.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 25705736
  • Author List

  • Sevilla DC; Wagner NB; White RD; Peck SL; Ideker RE; Hackel DB; Reimer KA; Selvester RH; Wagner GS
  • Start Page

  • 1301
  • End Page

  • 1307
  • Volume

  • 65
  • Issue

  • 20