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A new electrocardiographic criterion to differentiate between Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and anterior wall ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction

Akira Tamura, Toru Watanabe, Masaharu Ishihara, Shinichi Ando, Shigeru Naono, Hirofumi Zaizen, Yusei Abe, Shoji Yano, Kazuhiro Shinozaki, Munenori Kotoku, Hidetoshi Momii, Toshiaki Kadokami, Junichi Kadota
American Journal of Cardiology 2011 September 1, 108 (5): 630-3
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Several studies have examined the ability of electrocardiography to differentiate between takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) and anterior wall acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (AA-STEMI). In those studies, the magnitude of ST-segment elevation was not measured at the J point. The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology Foundation, and Heart Rhythm Society guidelines recommend that the magnitude of ST-segment elevation should be measured at the J point. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to retrospectively examine whether electrocardiography, using the magnitude of ST-segment elevation measured at the J point, could differentiate 62 patients with TC from 280 with AA-STEMI. Patients with AA-STEMI were divided into following subgroups: 140 with left anterior descending coronary artery occlusions proximal to the first diagonal branch (AA-STEMI-P), 120 with left anterior descending occlusions distal to the first diagonal branch and proximal to the second diagonal branch (AA-STEMI-M), and 20 with left anterior descending occlusions distal to the second diagonal branch (AA-STEMI-D). TC had a much lower prevalence of ST-segment elevation ≥1 mm in lead V(1) (19.4%) compared to AA-STEMI (80.4%, p <0.01), AA-STEMI-P (80.7%, p <0.01), AA-STEMI-M (80%, p <0.01), and AA-STEMI-D (80%, p <0.01). ST-segment elevation ≥1 mm in ≥1 of leads V(3) to V(5) without ST-segment elevation ≥1 mm in lead V(1) identified TC with sensitivity of 74.2% and specificity of 80.6%. Furthermore, this criterion could differentiate TC from each AA-STEMI subgroup, with similar diagnostic values. In conclusion, using the magnitude of ST-segment elevation measured at the J point, a new electrocardiographic criterion is proposed with an acceptable ability to differentiate TC from AA-STEMI.

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