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Circulation. 1990 Sep;82(3):913-21.

Reversal of segmental hypokinesis by coronary angioplasty in patients with unstable angina, persistent T wave inversion, and left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis. Additional evidence for myocardial stunning in humans.

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Division of Intensive Care, University of Louvain Medical School, Brussels, Belgium.


To evaluate the significance of persistent negative T waves during severe ischemia, we prospectively studied 62 patients admitted for unstable angina without evidence of recent or ongoing myocardial infarction. A critical stenosis on the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD), considered as the culprit lesion, was successfully treated by percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). The patients were divided into two groups according to the admission electrocardiogram: T NEG group (n = 32) had persistent negative T waves, and the T POS group (n = 30) had normal positive T waves on precordial leads. The two groups had similar baseline clinical, hemodynamic, and angiographic characteristics. All patients underwent a complete clinical and angiographic evaluation (coronary arteriography and left ventriculography) before undergoing PTCA and 8 +/- 3 months later. Left ventricular anterior wall motion was evaluated by the percent shortening of three areas (S1, S2, and S3) considered as LAD-related segments on left ventriculograms. Before PTCA, there was no significant difference in global ejection fraction between the two groups despite a significant depression in anterior mean percent area shortening in the T NEG compared with the T POS group (S1, 44 versus 54, p less than 0.01; S2, 39 versus 48, p less than 0.01; S3, 44 versus 50, NS). At repeated angiography, the anterior mean percent area shortening improved significantly in the T NEG group (S1, from 44 to 61, p less than 0.001; S2, from 39 to 58, p less than 0.001; S3, from 44 to 61, p less than 0.001).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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