Middle-aged patient presenting with central chest pain. Now asymptomatic. Interpret the ECG.
Describe and interpret this ECG
ECG ANSWER and INTERPRETATION
This is classic ECG of Wellens syndrome (Pattern A), demonstrating characteristic biphasic T waves in V1-3.
- This ECG pattern is highly predictive of a significant occlusive lesion of the LAD.
- The biphasic T waves are a marker of reperfusion and may occur after an aborted anterior STEMI.
- Despite often being pain free and having normal cardiac enzymes at presentation, these patients are at risk of sudden LAD re-occlusion leading to massive anterior STEMI and are best managed with early angiography and PCI / CABG.