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Time course of ECG depolarization and repolarization changes during ischemia in PTCA recordings

Publiceringsår: 2004
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 43-46
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Methods of Information in Medicine
Volym: 43
Nummer: 1
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Schattauer GMBH


Objectives: In this work we studied the temporal evolution of changes in the electrocardiogram (ECG) as a consequence of the induced ischemia during prolonged coronary angioplasty, comparing the time course of indexes reflecting depolarization and those reflecting repolarization. Methods: We considered both local (measured at specific points of the ECG) and global (obtained from the Karhunen-Loeve transform) indexes. In particular, the evolution of Q, R and S wave amplitudes during ischemia was analyzed with respect to classical indexes such as ST level. As a measurement of sensitivity we used an Ischemic Changes Sensor (ICS), which reflects the capacity of an index to detect changes in the ECG. Results: The results showed that, in leads with low-amplitude ST-T complexes, the S wave amplitude was more sensitive in detecting ischemia than was the commonly used index ST60. It was found that in such leads the S wave amplitude initially exhibited a delayed response to ischemia when compared to ST60, but its performance was better from the second minute of occlusion. The global indexes describing the ST-T complex were, in terms of the ICS, superior to the S wave amplitude for ischemia detection. Conclusions: Ischemic ECG changes occur both at repolarization and depolarization, with alterations in the depolarization period appearing later in time. Local indexes are less sensitive to ischemia than global ones.



  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Technology and Engineering
  • QRS amplitudes
  • ischemia
  • angioplasty
  • ST value


  • ISSN: 0026-1270

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