The clinical significance of exercise-induced ST-segment elevation.
The significance of exercise-induced ST-segment elevation remains unsettled. We reviewed the treadmill tests of 840 consecutive patients and exercise-induced ST-segment elevation was noted in 29 (3.5%). Only eight of these (28%) stopped because of angina. Anterior myocardial infarction (AMI) was found on the resting electrocardiogram in 25 (85%). Angiographic studies performed on 21 showed critical lesions of the left anterior descending (LAD) in 19 (90%) and left ventricular aneurysm in 18 (86%). When all the patiens who had AMI or critical LAD obstruction during the study period were reviewed, only 22% and 18% respectively showed exercise-induced ST-segment elevation, while 64% of the cases with left ventricular aneurysm displayed this phenomenon. Thus, exercise-induced ST elevation seems to reflect the presence of severe coronary artery disease most commonly with an associated left ventricular aneurysm and may relate more to the abnormal wall motion than to the myocardial ischemia per se.
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