The purpose of this study was to determine the coronary angiographic correlations (specifically disease of the left anterior descending coronary artery) of reciprocal ST segment depression appearing during inferior acute myocardial infarction. Forty six patients (41 men and five women; mean age 56 years) were allocated into two groups based on the extent of precordial ST segment depression: widespread (V1-V6) ST depression v localised (V1-V4) ST depression. Patients with no reciprocal ST depression or patients with ST depression in V1-V4 but with ST elevation in V5 and V6 (inferolateral acute myocardial infarction) were excluded. All patients were catheterised during hospital admission for infarction. Twenty four of the 28 patients with ST depression in V1-V6 had significant lesions in the left anterior descending coronary artery whereas 16 of the 18 patients with ST depression in V1-V4 had insignificant or no lesions in the left anterior descending artery. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of widespread ST depression in predicting disease in the left anterior descending coronary artery were 92%, 80%, and 86% and 89% respectively. In patients with inferior acute myocardial infarction and precordial ST depression, the extent of ST depression is of clinical significance. Widespread (V1-V6) ST depression suggests disease of the left anterior descending coronary artery, whereas localised ST depression (V1-V4) indicates its absence.
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