K. Nagase, A. Tamura, Y. Mikuriya
Dec 1, 2001
This study aimed to clarify whether spontaneous T-wave normalization (TWN) in infarct-related leads reflects improvement in left ventricular (LV) wall motion even in patients with persistent abnormal Q waves after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Eighty-five patients were classified into the following 3 groups: patients with Q-wave regression (group A, n = 21), those with persistent abnormal Q waves and TWN (group B, n = 36), and those with persistent abnormal Q waves and absence of TWN (group C, n = 28). Groups A and B had greater improvement in LV ejection fraction and regional wall motion between 1 and 6 months after AMI than group C. In conclusion, spontaneous TWN in the healing stage of anterior AMI reflects functional recovery of viable myocardium in the infarct region even in patients with persistent abnormal Q waves.