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      Exercise-Induced ST Segment Elevation in Q Wave Leads in Postinfarction Patients: Defining Its Meaning and Utility in Today’s Practice

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      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Exercise, ST elevation

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          Abstract

          Most attempts to identify qualitative and quantitative techniques for assessing myocardial viability and the likelihood of improved function after revascularization in patients with healed myocardial infarcts have focused on treatment strategies and prognosis. This review examines the true value of the electrocardiographic phenomenon of exercise-induced ST segment elevation (EISTE) in Q wave leads as a diagnostic tool for the assessment of myocardial viability. The prognostic potential and clinical utility of the EISTE phenomenon are inhibited both by the heart’s electrophysiologic response to exercise-induced metabolic and hemodynamic changes, and by the ECG’s limited facility in assessing myocardial preservation. The use of EISTE as an independent indicator for surgical intervention is proscribed by these limitations. The EISTE phenomenon could serve as a useful tool in the first line of discrimination in patients with healed Q wave myocardial infarction, and may justify further diagnostic work-up in patients under consideration for a revascularization procedure. In the era of sophisticated nuclear and echo techniques, accurate imaging studies should not be replaced by ECG analysis alone in the search for viable tissue, except when financial costs are of major importance.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          2000
          September 2000
          02 October 2000
          : 93
          : 4
          : 205-209
          Affiliations
          Mayo Physician Alliance for Clinical Trials,Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn., USA
          Article
          7028 Cardiology 2000;93:205–209
          10.1159/000007028
          11025345
          © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Tables: 1, References: 48, Pages: 5
          Categories
          Review

          General medicine, Neurology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal medicine, Nephrology

          Exercise, ST elevation

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