Electrocardiographic patterns of proximal left anterior descending artery occlusion in ST-elevation myocardial infarction may be modified by 3-vessel coronary artery disease

Ian J. Neeland, Melanie S. Sulistio, Douglas A. Stoller, James A. De Lemos, James M. Atkins, Darren K. McGuire

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Abstract

Background: The electrocardiographic (ECG) pattern of ST-segment deviation in myocardial infarction is integral to the proper assessment of the location, extent, and functional significance of the infarct but may be modified by the underlying coronary artery anatomy. Methods: We describe the ECG findings in 2 cases of proximal left anterior descending (LAD) artery occlusion in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) associated with 3-vessel coronary artery disease. Results: Both patients had atypical ECG patterns of ST-segment elevation in leads V 2, I, and aVL and ST-segment depression with positive T waves suggestive of extensive subendocardial ischemia in leads II, III, aVF, and V 3 through V 6; acute proximal LAD occlusion and concomitant 3-vessel coronary artery disease were observed angiographically. Conclusion: Electrocardiographic changes in proximal LAD STEMI may be modified by the presence of significant atherosclerotic disease elsewhere in the coronary vasculature. Recognition of this ECG pattern may aid the clinician in the rapid identification of high-risk STEMI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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