The aim of this prospective study was to assess the correlation between different predischarge electrocardiographic patterns and left ventricular function, evaluated by physical examination and echocardiography, in patients with first Q wave anterior acute myocardial infarction. A positive correlation was found between the electrocardiographic pattern and wall motion score assessed by echocardiography, reflecting a gradual worsening in left ventricular function among the different patterns. Patients with an isoelectric ST segment and negative T waves had a 73% decrease in the risk of clinical heart failure compared to those who continued to have ST elevation. Thus, a predischarge electrocardiogram can be used as a simple, noninvasive method for the risk stratification of patients with acute myocardial infarction. Copyright (C) 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel.
- Myocardial infarction