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Computerized STEMI recognition: an example of the art and science of building ECG algorithms.
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PMID:  20667546     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
With the advent of thrombolytics, guidelines for ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) recognition were presented in terms of an ST segment exceeding a particular level (1 or 2 mm) in 2 contiguous leads. However, more than half of prehospital electrocardiograms that exceed these ST criteria are from patients not having an acute myocardial infarction. In contrast, expert physicians (EXMD) maintain a high specificity (>95%) for the recognition of STEMI. Likewise, in terms of increasing sensitivity, it has been found that the EXMD will classify STEMI at lower levels than specified in the guideline. Thus, the EXMD uses additional electrocardiogram features to identify patients for appropriate intervention. Given that STEMI can be defined in terms of a pattern that is recognized by the EXMD as well as a clinical classification that can be evaluated in terms of clinical outcomes, the development and validation of a computer algorithm for STEMI need to include both the art of understanding how the human is detecting STEMI as well as the science required to develop quantified criteria based on clinical outcomes. Evidence is presented that demonstrates that reciprocal depression is a strong indicator of STEMI versus other causes of ST elevation.
Ian Rowlandson; Joel Xue; Robert Farrell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-07-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of electrocardiology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1532-8430     ISO Abbreviation:  J Electrocardiol     Publication Date:    2010 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0153605     Medline TA:  J Electrocardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  497-502     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
GE Healthcare, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, USA.
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