ECG of the Week – 23rd May 2016 – Interpretation

The following ECG is from a 50 yr old male who was referred in from his GP with a 2 week history of dysponea and myalgia. The GP was concerned regarding an old inferior myocardial infarction.




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Rate:
  • 60
Rhythm:
  • Regular
  • Sinus rhythm
Axis:
  • Left axis deviation
Intervals:
  • PR - Short (~100-110ms)
  • QRS - Prolonged (140ms)
  • QT - 400ms (QTc Bazette 380-400 ms)
Segments:
  • ST Elevation leads III, aVF
  • ST Depression leads aVL, V5-6 (subtle)
Additional:

  • Delta waves
  • Negative delta wave leads III, aVF
    • 'Pseudo-infarction' pattern
    • Secondary to pre-excitation rather than prior ischaemia
    • Occurs in up to 70% of WPW

Interpretation:

  • Pre-excitation 
    • AP location posteroseptal tricuspid annulus / coronary sinus ostium
    • Axis abnormality, inferior 'Q' waves secondary to pre-excitation
    • ST segment changes are also likely secondary to pre-excitation but comparison with old ECG's and serial ECG's are essential if acute ischaemia is suspected.
    • Please check out the post, link below, from Dr Smith for examples of pre-excitation with and without acute ischaemia


A must read post

I'd encourage all our readers to look at this post from Dr Smith with some great examples of WPW with and without superimposed ischaemia:

Accessory Pathway Location

There are a number of algorithms that can be used to estimate the location of the accessory pathway (AP). Many of these algorithms can be found in smartphone apps, I use EP Mobile which contains the following algorithms:
  • Arruda Algorithm
  • Milstein Algorithm
  • Modified Arruda Algorithm
You can find an overview of each of these algorithms at ECGpedia's WPW page.

What are you going to tell your patient ?

I've put some links here to various patient information resources for WPW, I have not vetted or reviewed all these links but have chosen those from government / institutional sites.

References / Further Reading

Life in the Fast Lane

Textbook
  • Chan TC, Brady WJ, Harrigan RA, Ornato JP, Rosen P. ECG in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care. Elsevier Mosby 2005.

ECG of the Week – 16th May 2016 – Interpretation

This ECG is from a 3yr old male who presented with increasing shortness of breath.



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Rate:
  • ~126 bpm
Rhythm:
  • Sinus rhythm
  • Subtle sinus arrhythmia
Axis:
  • Normal (~85 deg)
Intervals:
  • PR - Normal for age (100ms)
  • QRS - Normal (80ms)
  • QT - 280ms (QTc Bazette 420 ms)
Additional:

  • rSr' pattern V1
  • Baseline artefact
  • P wave in II notched but normal height (<3mm) and duration (<90ms)
  • U wave in lead V3
  • Apparent high voltageds in precordial leads
    • Leads II.III,V1,V5,V6 within normal limits for age adjustment

Interpretation:

  • Normal age adjusted ECG
    • Read more about the ECG changes associated with paediatric ECG's at the Life in the Fast Lane ECG library link below.


What happened ?

The patient has a viral induced wheexe and required admission for ongoing bronchodilator therapy and supplemental oxygen.References / Further Reading

Life in the Fast Lane

Textbook
  • Chan TC, Brady WJ, Harrigan RA, Ornato JP, Rosen P. ECG in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care. Elsevier Mosby 2005.