Exercise-induced ST Elevation in Patients Without Myocardial Infarction

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A review of 6040 consecutive exercise tests yielded 106 patients without previous myocardial infarction (MI) who had exercise-induced ST elevation (≥ 0.5 mm in a 15-lead ECG system). In 46, ST elevation was correlated with left ventriculography and coronary angiography. Coronary artery disease (CAD) (≥ 70% narrowing) was detected in 40 of 46 patients: 12 patients had one-vessel disease, 13 had two-vessel disease, and 15 had three-vessel disease. Resting ventriculograms were normal in 36 of 40 patients. Of 21 patients with anterior (V2-V3) ST elevation, 86% had a left anterior descending (LAD) obstruction and 78% had obstruction proximal to the first diagonal branch. LAD disease occurred significantly more frequently than right and circumflex CAD. There was no anatomic correlation of three persons with lateral (leads V4−6I or aV1.) or 27 patients with inferior-posterior (leads II, III, aVF, Y or Z) exercise-induced ST elevation. Therefore, exercise-induced ST elevation is strongly correlated with CAD but not resting wall motion abnormalities. Further, anterior exercise-induced ST elevation in patients without a previous MI often predicts a significant proximal LAD obstruction.

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