Maximal precordial ST-segment depression in leads V4-V6 in patients with inferior wall acute myocardial infarction indicates coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending coronary artery system

David Hasdai, Yochai Birnbaum, Avital Porter, Samuel Sclarovsky

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Abstract

Background: In inferior wall acute myocardial infarction, maximal ST-segment depression in left precordial leads (V4-V6) has been shown to be associated with increased in-hospital mortality, presumably due to coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending coronary artery system. Methods: We measured ST-segment deviation from baseline in the initial electrocardiogram of patients with inferior wall acute myocardial infarction, who subsequently underwent coronary angiography during their in-hospital stay. Patients were divided into three groups: (I) No precordial ST-segment depression (n = 34). (II) Maximal precordial ST-segment depression in leads V1-V3 (n = 44). (III) Maximal precordial ST-segment depression in leads V4-V6 (n = 14). Results: The left anterior descending coronary artery or its diagonal branch were stenosed (>50%) in 32%, 41%, and 71% of patients in groups I, II, and III, respectively (p = 0.04), and severely stenosed (>70%) in 18%, 18% and 57% of patients in the respective groups (p = 0.007). Conclusion: In patients with inferior wall acute myocardial infarction, maximal precordial ST-segment depression in leads V4-V6 is suggestive of severe coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending coronary artery or its diagonal branch.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 1997

Keywords

  • acute inferior wall acute myocardial infarction
  • coronary artery disease
  • electrocardiogram
  • precordial ST-segment depression

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