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J Am Coll Cardiol. 1985 Nov;6(5):1004-10.

Reversal of rest myocardial asynergy during exercise: a radionuclide scintigraphic study.


While exercise-induced segmental left ventricular wall motion abnormalities are well described, the phenomenon of improvement in certain asynergic segments during exercise in some patients remains a curiosity. To assess this unexpected finding, results were analyzed in 85 patients with wall motion abnormalities at rest who underwent two view (45 degrees left anterior oblique and anterior) exercise radionuclide ventriculography and exercise thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging. Wall motion was scored with a 5 point system (from 3 [normal] to - 1 [dyskinesia]); normalization or increase of 2 or more points with exercise signified improvement. Forty-eight patients (56%) had no change or further deterioration of wall motion at peak exercise, 15 (18%) showed both improvement of wall motion and deterioration and 22 (26%) showed only improvement of wall motion. Wall motion improvement during exercise was found in 57 (20%) of 279 segments with asynergy at rest. Of these 57 segments improving with exercise, 45 (79%) showed mild and 12 (21%) showed severe asynergy at rest. Only seven segments (12%) were associated with pathologic Q waves. Thallium-201 perfusion was normal in 44 segments (77%) while only 6 segments (11%) had reversible and only 7 (12%) had nonreversible thallium-201 defects.


1) wall motion that is abnormal at rest can sometimes improve with exercise; 2) this phenomenon generally occurs in zones without a Q wave or nonreversible thallium-201 defect. Hence, segments with abnormal wall motion at rest that show improvement with exercise appear to represent viable nonischemic segments.

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