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Left ventricular aneurysm vs. acute anterior STEMI

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Some of you expressed concerns about the possibility of the ECG abnormality we sometimes refer to as left ventricular aneurysm (persistent ST-elevation after previous MI).

76 year old female CC: Chest pain – The case for this being an acute anterior STEMI

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As many of you pointed out, the history and clinical presentation isn’t exactly screaming “Acute Coronary Syndrome!”

RBBB Abnormalities Missed

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The original presentation of this case appeared as  "What's Wrong with Mr. Wilson?"… You can read the original post here. Much has been written lately about RBBB abnormalities that were missed.  Dr. Smith has recently posted two cases here, and here discussing this. First, let's review the 12 lead of a typical RBBB. When learning […]

AHA changes acceptable time to primary PCI from 90 to 120 minutes for acute STEMI

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Thanks to Ivan Rokos, M.D. for pointing out an important change in the 2011 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Guidelines for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. Photo credit: Code STEMI Web Series at First Responders Network For years now many have complained about the AHA's official recommendation that primary PCI for acute STEMI be accomplished within 90 minutes of first medical […]

Excessive discordance as a marker of acute STEMI in LBBB

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Positively deflected QRS complexes can be expected to show ST-depression and inverted T-waves.

Are all STEMI patients the same?

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When it comes to regionalized STEMI care, we treat all STEMI patients the same. But are they the same? The answer is, "No!" Most EMS protocols include a maximum ground transport time of 30-60 when bypassing non-PCI hospitals (AHA Mission: Lifeline calls them "STEMI Referral Hospitals"). The idea is that when the "first medical contact-to-balloon" […]

Right ventricular hypertrophy vs. isolated posterior STEMI

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A reader of the Prehospital 12-Lead ECG blog asks, “How can you tell the difference (based on ECG criteria alone) between right ventricular hypertrophy and acute isolated posterior STEMI?” Well, the good news is you don’t have to tell “based on ECG criteria alone” and I’m sure all of my regular readers know that I […]

Left anterior fascicular block (LAFB)

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A reader by the name of Jesse contacted me and wrote: I have a question. I’m trying to learn more about fasicular and hemi blocks. I was curious if you have posted, or intend to post, any information regarding these. I understand this is all done on your free time, so no rush at all. […]

ECG mimics of acute STEMI

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Peter Canning over at Street Watch: Notes of a Paramedic has a recent post entitled STEMI Interpretation that’s worth checking out. In it, he observes: When we take a class in STEMI recognition, the ECGs, once you know how to read them, are all pretty clear cut. You can flash the 12-leads on the screen […]

Axis Determination – Part VI

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By now you can predict the QRS axis in the frontal plane within 15 degrees as long as you have an equiphasic (or isoelectric) lead in the frontal plane. So what constitutes a normal QRS axis? What is a left axis deviation? A right axis deviation? If you don’t have a copy of the hexaxial […]

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