Middle-aged patient presenting with an episode of chest pain. Currently asymptomatic. Describe and interpret his ECG
Describe and interpret this ECG
ECG ANSWER and INTERPRETATION
This pattern of deeply inverted T waves in the anterolateral leads V2-6, I and aVL is characteristic of Wellens syndrome.
- This ECG pattern is highly predictive of a significant occlusive lesion of the LAD.
- The inverted 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.