Clinical Significance of Exercise-Induced T Wave Normalization in Patients With Q-Wave Myocardial Infarction: Comparision With Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2001; 29(1): 53-58

Clinical Significance of Exercise-Induced T Wave Normalization in Patients With Q-Wave Myocardial Infarction: Comparision With Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy

Cem ERMEYDAN1, Bülent MUTLU1, Onur DEMİRKOL2, Nuri KURTOĞLU1, Yelda BAŞARAN1
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In clinical practice, determination of viable myocardium in infarcted area is important for subsequent management and prognosis. The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between T-wave normalisation during exercise testing and detection of viable tissue in infarcted area by Thallium-201 re-injection study. Study group included 75 patients (71 M,4 F, mean age 55+/-10) with myocardial infarction that was diagnosed 2-7 months before exercise testing. Thallium-201 stress re-injection myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (SPECT) was performed in all patients. The study group was divided into two subgroups according to the presence or absence of transient T-wave normalisation associated with Q-wave leads corresponding to the infarcted area. During exercise testing, T-wave normalisation was observed in 45 patients in at least two contiguous leads (group 1). T-wave normalisation was not observed in the remaining 30 patients (group 2). The prevalence of viable tissue in infarcted area was higher in group 1 than group 2 (66% vs. 30%; p<0.001). The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of T-wave normalisation for detection of viable tissue were 76%, 56%, and 64%, respectively. In conclusion, T-wave normalisation during exercise testing is associated with higher prevalence of viable tissue in infarcted area compared to patients with persistent wave inversion.


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Cem ERMEYDAN, Bülent MUTLU, Onur DEMİRKOL, Nuri KURTOĞLU, Yelda BAŞARAN. Clinical Significance of Exercise-Induced T Wave Normalization in Patients With Q-Wave Myocardial Infarction: Comparision With Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2001; 29(1): 53-58
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