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Analysis of discrepancies between VCG and ECG interpretation of anterior wall myocardial infarction.
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PMID:  858977     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 247 cases in which an old anterior myocardial infarction (MI) was suspected and in which SVEC III-lead system vectorcardiograms (VCGs) and matching conventional 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) were available, records were analyzed to investigate the diagnostic agreement or discrepancy between the two techniques. The frequency of agreement (155 cases) exceeded the frequency of disagreement (92 cases), but the frequency of disagreement even with lumped subgroups was high. Eighty percent of this disagreement was between positive VCG and negative ECG diagnostic consensus. The positive MI group by ECG diagnosis showed smaller R waves and larger S waves and larger S waves in leads V2 and V3 and smaller R/S ratios in leads V2 and V4 than the negative MI groupe by ECG, while small R waves or QS patterns and large S waves in just lead V1 were the only positive finding in the positive MI group by VCG. The important VCG characteristic for positive MI diagnosis was abnormal posterior deviation of the initial QRS vectors. The high incidence of discrepancies shown by positive VCG and negative ECG diagnoses resulted from the fact that, in spite of the presence of a fairly well developed R wave in precordial leads, the initial QRS vectors were displaced posteriorly. In 8 of 18 cases classified into negative VCG and positive ECG diagnostic group, poor R wave progression did not necessarily result in the posterior displacement of the initial QRS vectors. In contrast to the difficulties in applying ECG criteria for anterior MI (variability of QRS patterns in precordial leads), an orthogenal VCG (representing the phasic changes in the depolarization process) seems to clarify the equivocal situation in the ECG diagnosis of MI.
K Yamauchi; M Segal; H Tatematsu; E Simonson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of electrocardiology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0022-0736     ISO Abbreviation:  J Electrocardiol     Publication Date:  1977 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-06-30     Completed Date:  1977-06-30     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0153605     Medline TA:  J Electrocardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*

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