Low QRS Voltage on Presenting Electrocardiogram Predicts Multi-vessel Disease in Anterior ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction

Akihiro Kobayashi, Naoki Misumida, Shunsuke Aoi, Yumiko Kanei

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Abstract

Background Low QRS voltage was reported to predict adverse outcomes in acute myocardial infarction in the pre-thrombolytic era. However, the association between low voltage and angiographic findings has not been fully addressed. Methods We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Low QRS voltage was defined as either peak to peak QRS complex voltage < 1.0 mV in all precordial leads or < 0.5 mV in all limb leads. Results Among 190 patients, 37 patients (19%) had low voltage. Patients with low voltage had a higher rate of multi-vessel disease (MVD) (76% vs. 52%, p = 0.01). Patients with low voltage were more likely to undergo coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) during admission (11% vs. 2%, p = 0.028). Low voltage was an independent predictor for MVD (OR 2.50; 95% CI 1.12 to 6.03; p = 0.032). Conclusion Low QRS voltage was associated with MVD and in-hospital CABG in anterior STEMI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)870-875
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anterior STEMI
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Low QRS voltage
  • Multi-vessel disease

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