Name that ECG: 66 year old female – Findings

This is the conclusion to our Name that ECG case: 66 year old female, resolved chest pain.

66 year old female, resolved chest pain.

Name that ECG: 66 year old female

 

Rhythm:

  • Rate: atrial rate of ~55 bpm, ventricular rate of ~55 bpm
  • Regularity: regular
  • P-waves: sinus (upright in I and II), associated 1:1 with the QRS
  • PRi: 140 ms
  • QRS duration: 90 ms

Bonus points:

  • Axis: -45 degrees, left axis deviation, LAFB
  • Bundle Branches: normal conduction
  • QTc: normal (<1/2 R-R interval), 420 ms (Bazett's Formula)
  • ST/T-waves:
    • T-waves: flipped T-waves in aVL, biphasic V2-V5 consistent with Wellen's Syndrome
    • ST-elevation: none noted
    • ST-depression: none noted

Differentials:

  • Normal sinus rhythm in a patient with Wellen's Syndrome
    • Possible high-grade stenosis of the LAD with recent reperfusion

Notes:

  • Wellen's Syndrome should be regarded with the same importance as a STEMI during assessment and transport.

1 Comment

  • VinceD says:

    If you wanted to really push the limits of this ECG I also see inverted inverted U-waves in leads V2-V4, I, and aVL. They're super faint and I wasn't sure if I believed them at first, but measuring from the QRS to the U wave in III and aVF and transposing that interval to the other leads proves that it's really them.

    They don't add any information the T-waves don't tell you here, but heck, they're there.

    And now I'm really being a pain, but I think calling a LAFB is being a little generous to that LAD.  By my eye I put the axis, at most, at around -40 degrees. There's also no well developed rS complexes in II and aVF and the tracing lack the poor R-wave progression I usually see in true LAFB's. There doesn't seem to be an accepted criteria for making the Dx, but this one seems to be pushing it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

EMS 12-Lead

Cardiac Rhythm Analysis, 12-Lead ECG Interpretation, Resuscitation

JEMS Talk: Google Hangout

Comments
Stephen Smith
Conclusion: “And then I gave her a NTG…”
There is also no data I'm aware of that shows that, in the reperfusion era, nitroglycerine helps patients with STEMI who do not have elevated BP or pulmonary edema. Data is lacking in all regards.
2014-10-24 16:14:36
Kevin
44 year old male CC: Palpitations
Why on earth would you risk VF, by giving Adenosine to rule out rhythms.. This is dangerous, and foolish. There might be a slight chance that this is WPW.. You might as well just give him Cardizem, they are both AV nodal blockers... I don't know why the AHA even added this stupid idea..
2014-10-22 13:31:06
Vince DiGiulio
The 360 Degree Heart – Part II
It is standard practice in electrocardiography to label the first 90 degrees counter-clockwise from "zero" that way. When you see a patient with "left axis deviation" you'll see that their measured QRS axis is somewhere between -30 and -90 degrees. Imagine if you saw someone with a mean QRS axis at 5 degrees. Now imagine…
2014-10-21 14:00:37
Bryan
The 360 Degree Heart – Part II
I don't understand why (-)III and aVL are be labeled -60 and -30 degrees instead of 300 and 330 degrees?
2014-10-21 13:43:29
The 360 Degree Heart – Part II | EMS 12 Lead
The 360 Degree Heart – Part I
[…] first post in our “360 Degree Heart” series attempted to visualize how the different frontal plane […]
2014-10-21 12:50:56

STEMI Expert?

  • Click here to find out!
  • 12-Lead ECG Challenge Smartphone App

    Photobucket

    12-Lead ECG Challenge Smartphone App - $5.99

  • Apple iOS
  • Android
  • Amazon
  • Web Based

  • FRN-TV video review
  • iMedicalApps.com review
  • Interested in resuscitation?

    FireEMS Blogs eNewsletter

    Sign-up to receive our free monthly eNewsletter

    Visitor Map / Stats

    Locations of visitors to this page


    LATEST EMS NEWS

    HOT FORUM DISCUSSIONS