Heart 89:1039-1042 doi:10.1136/heart.89.9.1039
  • Cardiovascular medicine

Usefulness of myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with left bundle branch block and previous myocardial infarction

  1. J Candell-Riera1,
  2. G Oller-Martínez1,
  3. O Pereztol-Valdés2,
  4. J Castell-Conesa2,
  5. S Aguadé-Bruix2,
  6. M Soler-Peter2,
  7. M Simó2,
  8. C Santana-Boado1,
  9. J Soler-Soler1
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
  2. 2Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J Candell-Riera, Servei de Cardiologia, Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, P Vall d’Hebron 119-129, 08035 Barcelona, Spain;
  • Accepted 25 March 2003


Background: The diagnostic value of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) and previous acute myocardial infarction has not been evaluated.

Objective: To determine the utility of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with LBBB and previous acute myocardial infarction.

Methods: Seventy two consecutive patients with permanent LBBB and previous acute myocardial infarction were studied with stress-rest SPECT using 99mTc compounds. The same stress procedures were followed in all patients: (1) exercise alone when it was sufficient; (2) exercise plus simultaneous administration of dipyridamole if exercise was insufficient.

Results: In 26 of 28 patients (93%) who had a Q wave acute myocardial infarct before the development of LBBB, there was concordance between abnormal Q waves and rest SPECT in the localisation of myocardial necrosis (κ = 0.836; p = 0.0001). In 48 patients who had coronary angiography, the positive predictive value of exercise (+dipyridamole) myocardial SPECT for the diagnosis of left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis was 93%, for left circumflex coronary artery stenosis, 96%, and for right coronary artery stenosis, 89%. Specificity values were 83%, 91%, and 69%, respectively. However, sensitivity (69%, 64%, and 89%) and negative predictive values (48%, 46%, and 82%) were suboptimal.

Conclusions: Rest myocardial perfusion SPECT with technetium compounds is useful for localising healed myocardial infarction in patients with LBBB, and exercise (+dipyridamole) SPECT has a high positive predictive value and specificity for the diagnosis of coronary stenosis in these patients.