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Am J Cardiol. 1985 Apr 1;55(8):883-8.

Factors that determine the direction and magnitude of precordial ST-segment deviations during inferior wall acute myocardial infarction.

Abstract

Sixty-one patients with inferior acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and no evidence of prior AMI were studied to determine which factors influence the magnitude of precordial ST-segment depression. In the total study group, there was a significant but weak correlation between the magnitude of precordial ST-segment depression and the magnitude of inferior ST-segment elevation (r = -0.46, p less than 0.001). In the 29 patients with evidence of concomitant right ventricular (RV) involvement, precordial ST-segment depression was significantly smaller both in absolute terms (-1.3 +/- 1.8 vs -2.8 +/- 1.9 mm, p less than 0.01) and relative to the magnitude of inferior ST-segment elevation (ratio of -0.2 +/- 1.0 vs -1.1 +/- 0.5, p less than 0.01), whereas in the 15 patients with lateral ST-segment elevation (greater than or equal to 1 mm in lead V6), precordial ST-segment depression was significantly greater both in absolute terms (-3.5 +/- 2.3 vs -1.6 +/- 1.7 mm, p less than 0.01) and relative to the magnitude of inferior ST-segment elevation (ratio of -1.1 +/- 0.8 vs -0.5 +/- 0.9, p less than 0.02). Consistent with these findings, the correlation between the magnitudes of precordial and inferior ST-segment deviations was considerably improved when only the 24 patients with neither evidence of RV involvement nor lateral ST-segment elevation were analyzed (r = 0.89, p less than 0.001, n = 24). These data suggest that in patients with inferior AMI, there is a reciprocal relation between precordial and inferior ST-segment deviations, which is distorted by concomitant RV involvement and by concomitant lateral left ventricular wall involvement.

PMID:
3984877
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