PMID: 495500Nov 1, 1979

Relation between the precordial projection of S-T segment changes after exercise and coronary angiographic findings

The American Journal of Cardiology
K FoxJ Shillingford


The recent introduction of electrocardiographic mapping permits measurement of the precordial area and severity of exercise-induced S-T segment changes. This study was designed to compare this technique with a modified 12 lead electrocardiogram in defining the degree and site of coronary artery disease. One hundred patients, who later had diagnostic coronary arteriography, underwent an exercise test using both 16 point precordial mapping and a modified 12 lead electrocardiogram. The sensitivity of electrocardiographic mapping (96 percent) for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease was significantly greater than that of the modified 12 lead electrocardiogram (80 percent). However, the specificity of the two lead systems was similar. Typical precordial projections of S-T segment change were found when the left main stem or proximal left anterior descending coronary artery were narrowed or when there was isolated disease of the left anterior descending or right coronary artery. Widespread precordial changes were found in patients with three vessel disease. Although there was no significant difference in the sensitivity (66 percent) and specificity (100 percent) of electrocardiographic mapping and of the 12 lead system in identif...Continue Reading


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