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Aborted Myocardial Infarction in a Patient with Rapid Progression of Wellens Syndrome.
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PMID:  21945509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Wellens syndrome refers to a distinct electrocardiographic pattern of deeply inverted or biphasic T waves in the anterior precordial leads, in the presence of critical proximal stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). The natural history of the syndrome is an extensive myocardial infarction within weeks of hospital admission. CASE REPORT: This report describes a 63-year-old man in whom typical electrocardiographic signs of Wellens syndrome advanced to persistent ST-segment elevation within 7min of presentation. Extensive anterior myocardial infarction (AMI) was aborted by primary percutaneous coronary intervention of a sub-occluded proximal LAD. CONCLUSION: Given the large area of the left ventricle supplied by a sub-occluded LAD, devastating AMI could have been expected and may have resulted in serious ventricular dysfunction and death. Therefore, early recognition of Wellens syndrome is essential and can be lifesaving.
Ivan Stankovic; Alja Vlahovic-Stipac; Ivan Ilic; Biljana Putnikovic; Aleksandar N Neskovic
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Publication Detail:
Type:  -     Date:  2011-9-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiology, Clinical Hospital Center Zemun, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
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