The significance of postextrasystolic T wave changes in beats following induced extrasystoles was assessed by angiography in 55 patients. These T wave changes were found in 81 per cent of coronary artery disease patients but also in 68 per cent of patients with normal coronary arteries (PNS). All patients with normal baseline electrocardiograms and normal coronary arteries showed postextrasystolic T wave changes. In electrocardiographic leads corresponding to the distribution of major coronary arteries, T wave changes occurred just as frequently when the artery was normal (54%) as when the artery was stenosed (55%). Left ventricular asynergy was not associated with an increased frequency of postextrasystolic T wave changes and in fact ejection fraction was greater end-diastolic pressure lower in patients with T wave changes. Thus, postextrasystolic T wave changes appear not to be useful in diagnosing or localising coronary artery disease.
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