The electrocardiogram in epidemiologic investigations. A new classification system.
A new coding system for ECG abnormalities was developed, based on Frank's orthogonal ECG leads. In contrast to other systems, such as the Minnesota Code (MC), the new system was based on data collected prospectively in a cooperative study of 5031 records. The records were classified solely on the basis of non-ECG information. A record sample from normal women was also available. The large data base allowed stratification of ECG criteria according to sex and race. ECG criteria were determined at two levels of sensitivity and specificity. Specificity was 80-100% at the first level and 90-90% at the second. The new system has fewer criteria than other codes, which leads to reduction of coding errors and coding time. For common problems in differential diagnosis, optional criteria were included. A computer program for automated coding was also developed.
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