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De Winter

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ISCHEMIA: MASKED STEMI

 

MI & RBBB:

  • ST segments normally isoelectric except for slight ST depression V1-V3.
  • If ST elevation worry

MI & LBBB: Sgarbossa Criteria:

  • Any one criteria in LBBB or paced rhythm suggests AMI,
  • If no criteria then >90% not an MI
  • With AMI there is usually ongoing angina, abnl echo & troponin rise
  • Criteria with sensitivity%/specificity%
    1. Discordant ST elevation >5 mm: 31%/92%
    2. ST elevation >1 mm that is inappropriately concordant:73%/92%
    3. ST depression >1 mm in V1, V2 or V3: 25%/96%
    4. Upright T-wave in V5 or V6: 26%/92%.
    5.  Left axis deviation: 72%/48%

MI & Pacer:

  • Most pacers in RV so normal pattern is a LBBB.
  • If LBBB patter then use Sgarbossa: less accurate except #1
    • ST elevation >5 mm: 53%/88%

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ISCHEMIA: STEMI EQUIVALENTS

 

 

De Winter’s T-waves:

  • Precordial leads: V1-V5
  • Upsloping ST depression >1 mm
  • Tall/peaked T waves
  • Associated with proximal LAD occlusion

De Winter

Posterior MI:

  • ST depression >0.5 mm in leads V1-V3 with upright T waves
  • May develop tall R waves in V1-V3
  • ST elevation in posterior leads: V7- V9,

Posterior MI

 

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest:

  • In PROCAT, 96% w/ & 26% w/o STEMI needed PCI
  • Neurologic status should not preclude going to cath
    • brain may take 72 hours to recover

Lead AVR & Left Main Occlusion:

  • ST elevation >1 mm in aVR and often V1 also
  • ST depression >1 mm in 6 or more leads
  • ST elevation in AVR can be from RVMI, left main or triple vessel disease
  • DDx: massive PE or Brugada syndrome, (for more see page shot above)

No Longer necessarily a STEMI equivalent:

  • Left Bundle Branch Block is rarely a STEMI equivalent:
    • only if hemodynamically unstable & good story, even if new
  • Consult cardiology for EKG findings below
    • Consider thrombolytics or cath lab activation

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ISCHEMIA: EKG SPECIAL CASES

 

T-V1:

  • A large upright T-wave in V1 can be suggestive of acute ischemia,
  • This is especially true if it is new or larger than the T-wave in V6 (loss of T-wave balance)

T-V1

Wellens:

  • Biphasic  or deep T waves in V2-V3 (DDx = PE) usually while patient pain free
  • May look nonspecific, but signify severe proximal LAD stenosis
  • Do not do a stress test because it is too risky. Go straight to cath instead.

Wellen's

Old EKG:

  • If EKG shows unchanged ST or T wave abnormalities it may still mean ischemia
  • Should know under what clinical circumstances old EKG was done.
    • It may have been w/ ACS and therefore not the patient’s baseline

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See page-shot below from my Tarascon book that summarizes info above

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SYNCOPE: ESSENTIAL EKGs

 

Brugada Syndrome:

EKG:  Downsloped or saddleback ST­ in V1-V3 often w/ T-inversion &/or RBBB

3 types shown below.  Findings can be intermittent

DDx:  K, ­Ca, drug toxicity, RV injury/infarct, normal variant (no syncope)

Treatment: AICD (drugs don’t work). 10%/year die w/o AICD.  Screen family as 50% familial

 

Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy:

Symptoms: Syncope oft w/ exertion +/- M, usual age of dx 30-40

EKG:  Q-waves in I & avL, v5-v6 or II & III that are deep and narrow. (Biphasic T, LVH)

 

Long QT:        ­

Risks for torsades:  Slow HR, CHF/MI, dehydrated, female, Talternans. Trigger: startle/pain

Diagnosis: 99th percentile for normal: QTc >470 in men & QTc >480 in women. QTc >500: danger

Meds: (see qtdrugs.org or A to Z Pharmacopoeia), CAD, ¯K/¯Mg/¯Ca/¯PO4

Congenital: Romano-Ward (can hear) & Jaervell-Lang-Nielson (deaf)

 

Lown-Ganong-Levine:

What: Basically it’s WPW (see below) without the delta wave

EKG: Short PR in all leads, no delta wave in any lead.

Rx: Same as WPW (see below)

 

RV Dysplasia:

What: Big RA and RV is electrically silent as is all scar/fat.  Get V-tach.

EKG:  V1-V3 inverted T, fragmented QRS, Epsilon wave (notch at end of QRS), (low voltage).


 

Wolff-Parkinson-White:

What: Pre-excitation due to conduction tract bypassing the AV node

EKG:  Persistant short PR in all leads, delta wave in any one lead, episodic SVT or a-fib…

DDx:   No delta wave: Lown-Ganong-Levine, low Ca, ASD, junctional, (nl variant if PR >105ms)

 

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PE EKG’s

 

Beware: “Classic” is Latin for 15% of the time.  This is especially true of PE’s, where many cases present atypically.

  • Isolated small PE’s present with pleuritic chest pain and normal vitals.  There may be no other signs or symptoms and EKG is usually completely normal without tachycardia.  Send a D-dimer if you have no better explanation for the pain.  20% have no known risk factors
  • Isolated large PE’s are often painless and the only symptoms are SOB or DOE.  EKG changes can mimic ACS, CXR can mimic pneumonia, and WBC can be elevated.

Below are some EKG findings you may or may not have heard of.  Remember the EKG is usually only abnormal in LARGE PE’s

***Anterior T inversion***

 

***S1Q3T3***

*** Sinus tachycardia with nonspecific T and ST changes***

 

***S1S2S3***

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See yellow highlighted area of sample pages below from our books for more EKG findings in PE.

 

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