J Electrocardiol 2021 Nov-Dec;69S:23-28. Epub 2021 Aug 13.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
Background: Prehospital electrocardiogram(s) (ECG) can improve early detection of acute coronary syndrome (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction [STEMI], non-STEMI, and unstable angina) and inform prehospital activation of cardiac catheterization lab; thus, reducing total ischemic time and improving patient outcomes. Less is known, however, about the association of prehospital ECG ischemic findings and long term adverse clinical events. With this in mind, this study was designed to examine the: 1) frequency of prehospital ECGs for acute myocardial ischemia (ST-elevation, ST-depression, and/or T-wave inversion); and, 2) whether any of these specific ECG features are associated with adverse clinical events within 30 day of initial presentation to the emergency department (ED). Read More