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Evaluation of methods of measurement and estimation of left ventricular function after acute myocardial infarction

Jones, M.G.K.ORCID: 0000-0001-5002-0227, Ramo, B.W., Raff, G.L., Hinohara, T. and Wagner, G.S. (1985) Evaluation of methods of measurement and estimation of left ventricular function after acute myocardial infarction. The American Journal of Cardiology, 56 (12). pp. 753-756.

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Using multiple gated cardiac blood pool imaging and single-plane ventriculography from cardiac catheterization, 2 independent measures of left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) were determined in each of 21 patients. Patients were seen 2 to 6 weeks after their first acute myocardial infarction and were free of electrocardiographic evidence of conduction abnormalities and left or right ventricular hypertrophy. Differences between the 2 measures of LVEF were examined and then compared with the extent of myocardial necrosis estimated from the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram using the complete 54-criteria/32-point Selvester QRS scoring system. Regression analysis yielded an r value of 0.81 (SEE = 8.05) for the overall relation between the 2 measures of LVEF. Correlation coefficients of −0.70, −0.66 and −0.72 were obtained for the relations of radionuclide LVEF, catheterization LVEF and the mean of these 2 determinations, respectively, compared with QRS score. A QRS score 4 or less achieved 100% specificity and that of 8 or less 100% sensitivity for predicting an LVEF greater than 40%. Thus, the Selvester QRS scoring system may be of value in identifying patients with or without markedly impaired LVEF. This risk stratification may be important in reaching optimal postinfarction therapeutic decisions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Copyright: © 1985 Published by Elsevier Inc.
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