Introduction: Magnetic resonance imaging using the delayed contrast-enhanced (DE-MRI) method can be used for characterizing and quantifying myocardial infarction (MI). Electrocardiogram (ECG) score after the acute phase of MI can be used to estimate the portion of left ventricular myocardium that has infracted. There are no comparison of serial changes on ECG and DE-MRI measuring infarct size. Aim: The general aim of this study was to describe the acute, healing, and chronic phases of the changes in infarct size estimated by the ECG and DE-MRI. The specific aim was to compare estimates of the Selvester QRS scoring system and DE-MRI to identify the difference between the extent of left ventricle occupied by infarction in the acute and chronic phases. Methods: In 31 patients (26 men, age 56 ± 9) with reperfused ST-elevation MI (11 anterior, 20 inferior), standard 12-lead ECG and DE-MRI were taken from 1 to 2 days (acute), 1 month (healing), and 6 months (chronic) after the MI. Selvester QRS scoring was used to estimate the infarct size from the ECG. Results: The correlation values between infarct size measured by DE-MRI and QRS scoring range from 0.33 to 0.43 higher for anterior than inferior infarcts. The infarct size estimated by QRS scoring was larger (about 5% of the left ventricle) than infarct size by DE-MRI acute and 1 month, but at 6 months, there was no difference. In about half of the patients, the QRS score agreed with DE-MRI in change of infarct size from acute to 6 months. Conclusion: In conclusion, the Selvester QRS scoring system is in half of the patients with reperfused first time MI in good accordance with DE-MRI in identifying a decrease or no change in the extent of left ventricle occupied by infarction in the acute and chronic phases.
|Tidsskrift||Journal of Electrocardiology|
|Status||Udgivet - 1 nov. 2008|