A new electrocardiographic criterion to differentiate between Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and anterior wall ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction.

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A new electrocardiographic criterion to differentiate between Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and anterior wall ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction.

Am J Cardiol. 2011 Sep 1;108(5):630-3

Authors: Tamura A, Watanabe T, Ishihara M, Ando S, Naono S, Zaizen H, Abe Y, Yano S, Shinozaki K, Kotoku M, Momii H, Kadokami T, Kadota J

Abstract
Several studies have examined the ability of electrocardiography to differentiate between takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) and anterior wall acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (AA-STEMI). In those studies, the magnitude of ST-segment elevation was not measured at the J point. The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology Foundation, and Heart Rhythm Society guidelines recommend that the magnitude of ST-segment elevation should be measured at the J point. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to retrospectively examine whether electrocardiography, using the magnitude of ST-segment elevation measured at the J point, could differentiate 62 patients with TC from 280 with AA-STEMI. Patients with AA-STEMI were divided into following subgroups: 140 with left anterior descending coronary artery occlusions proximal to the first diagonal branch (AA-STEMI-P), 120 with left anterior descending occlusions distal to the first diagonal branch and proximal to the second diagonal branch (AA-STEMI-M), and 20 with left anterior descending occlusions distal to the second diagonal branch (AA-STEMI-D). TC had a much lower prevalence of ST-segment elevation ?1 mm in lead V(1) (19.4%) compared to AA-STEMI (80.4%, p <0.01), AA-STEMI-P (80.7%, p <0.01), AA-STEMI-M (80%, p <0.01), and AA-STEMI-D (80%, p <0.01). ST-segment elevation ?1 mm in ?1 of leads V(3) to V(5) without ST-segment elevation ?1 mm in lead V(1) identified TC with sensitivity of 74.2% and specificity of 80.6%. Furthermore, this criterion could differentiate TC from each AA-STEMI subgroup, with similar diagnostic values. In conclusion, using the magnitude of ST-segment elevation measured at the J point, a new electrocardiographic criterion is proposed with an acceptable ability to differentiate TC from AA-STEMI.

PMID: 21676371 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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