Anterior Myocardial Infarction • LITFL • ECG Library Prognosis

Anterior Myocardial Infarction • LITFL • ECG Library Diagnosis
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Medical Relevance of Anterior Myocardial Infarction

Anterior STEMI outcomes from occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD). Anterior myocardial infarction carries the worst prognosis of all infarct areas, largely on account of bigger infarct measurement.

A research evaluating outcomes from anterior and inferior infarctions (STEMI + NSTEMI) discovered that on common, sufferers with anterior MI had increased incidences of in-hospital mortality (11.9 vs 2.8%), whole mortality (27 vs 11%), coronary heart failure (41 vs 15%) and vital ventricular ectopic exercise (70 vs 59%) and a decrease ejection fraction on admission (38 vs 55%) in comparison with sufferers with inferior MI.

Along with anterior STEMI, different high-risk shows of anterior ischaemia embrace left predominant coronary artery (LMCA) occlusion, Wellens syndrome and De Winter T waves.

The right way to Recognise Anterior STEMI

  • ST phase elevation with Q wave formation within the precordial leads (V1-6) ± the excessive lateral leads (I and aVL).
  • Reciprocal ST melancholy within the inferior leads (primarily III and aVF).

NB. The magnitude of the reciprocal change within the inferior leads is decided by the magnitude of the ST elevation in I and aVL (as these leads are electrically reverse to III and aVF), therefore could also be minimal or absent in anterior STEMIs that don’t contain the excessive lateral leads.

Patterns of Anterior Infarction

The nomenclature of anterior infarction will be complicated, with a number of totally different phrases used for the assorted infarction patterns. The next is a simplified strategy to naming the several types of anterior MI.

The precordial leads will be categorized as follows:

  • Septal leads = V1-2
  • Anterior leads = V3-4
  • Lateral leads = V5-6

The totally different infarct patterns are named in response to the leads with maximal ST elevation:

  • Septal = V1-2
  • Anterior = V2-5
  • Anteroseptal = V1-4
  • Anterolateral = V3-6, I + aVL
  • Intensive anterior / anterolateral = V1-6, I + aVL

(NB. Whereas these definitions are intuitive, there may be usually a poor correlation between ECG options and exact infarct location as decided by imaging or post-mortem. For another strategy to the naming of myocardial infarctions, check out this 2006 article from Circulation)

Medical Pearls

Different vital ECG patterns to pay attention to:
  • Anterior-inferior STEMI on account of occlusion of a “wraparound” LAD simultaneous ST elevation within the precordial and inferior leads on account of occlusion of a variant (“sort III”) LAD that wraps across the cardiac apex to produce each the anterior and inferior partitions of the left ventricle.
  • Left predominant coronary artery occlusion: widespread ST melancholy with ST elevation in aVR ≥ V1
  • Wellens syndrome: deep precordial T wave inversions or biphasic T waves in V2-3, indicating essential proximal LAD stenosis (a warning signal of imminent anterior infarction)
  • De Winter T waves: upsloping ST melancholy with symmetrically peaked T waves within the precordial leads; a “STEMI equal” indicating acute LAD occlusion.

ECG Examples

Instance 1
Hyperacute Anteroseptal STEMI

  • ST elevation is maximal within the anteroseptal leads (V1-4).
  • Q waves are current within the septal leads (V1-2).
  • There may be additionally some delicate STE in I, aVL and V5, with reciprocal ST melancholy in lead III.
  • There are hyperacute (peaked ) T waves in V2-4.
  • These options point out a hyperacute anteroseptal STEMI
Instance 2(a)
Intensive anterior MI (“tombstoning” sample)

  • Huge ST elevation with “tombstone” morphology is current all through the precordial (V1-6) and excessive lateral leads (I, aVL).
  • This sample is seen in proximal LAD occlusion and signifies a big territory infarction with a poor LV ejection fraction and excessive probability of cardiogenic shock and dying.
Instance 7
Occlusion proximal to S1

Indicators of basal septal involvement:

  • ST elevation in aVR
  • ST elevation in V1 > 2.5 mm
  • Full RBBB
  • ST melancholy in V5
Occlusion proximal to D1

Indicators of excessive lateral involvement:

  • ST elevation / Q-wave formation in aVL
  • ST melancholy ≥ 1 mm in II, III or aVF (reciprocal to STE in aVL)

ST elevation in aVR of any magnitude is 43% delicate and 95% particular for LAD occlusion proximal to S1. Proper bundle department block in anterior MI is an unbiased marker of poor prognosis; that is as a result of in depth myocardial harm concerned slightly than the conduction dysfunction itself.

Extra Examples

Instance 8
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Associated Matters

LAD Occlusion Syndromes

Different STEMI Patterns


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