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Changes in high-frequency QRS components are more sensitive than ST segment deviation for detecting acute coronary artery occlusion

Publiceringsår: 2000
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1827-1834
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Volym: 36
Nummer: 6
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Elsevier USA



This study describes changes in high-frequency QRS components (HF-QRS) during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and compares the ability of these changes in HF-QRS and ST-segment deviation in the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) to detect acute coronary artery occlusion.


Previous studies have shown decreased HF-QRS in the frequency range of 150–250 Hz during acute myocardial ischemia. It would be important to know whether the high-frequency analysis could add information to that available from the ST segments in the standard ECG.


The study population consisted of 52 patients undergoing prolonged balloon occlusion during PTCA. Signal-averaged electrocardiograms (SAECG) were recorded prior to and during the balloon inflation. The HF-QRS were determined within a bandwidth of 150–250 Hz in the preinflation and inflation SAECGs. The ST-segment deviation during inflation was determined in the standard frequency range.


The sensitivity for detecting acute coronary artery occlusion was 88% using the high-frequency method. In 71% of the patients there was ST elevation during inflation. If both ST elevation and depression were considered, the sensitivity was 79%. The sensitivity was significantly higher using the high-frequency method, p < 0.002, compared with the assessment of ST elevation.


Acute coronary artery occlusion is detected with higher sensitivity using high-frequency QRS analysis compared with conventional assessment of ST segments. This result suggests that analysis of HF-QRS could provide an adjunctive tool with high sensitivity for detecting acute myocardial ischemia.


  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • Nuclear medicine, Malmö
  • ISSN: 0735-1097

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