BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction creates regions of altered electrical properties of myocardium resulting in typical QRS patterns (pathological Q waves) and ST segment deviations observed in leads related to the MI location. The aim of this study was to present a graphical method for imaging the changes in the sequence of depolarization and the ST segment deviations in myocardial infarction using the Dipolar ElectroCARdioTOpography (DECARTO) method. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Simulated ECG data corresponding to intramural, electrically inactive areas encircled by transmural areas with slowed impulse propagation velocity in anteroseptal and inferior locations were used for imaging the altered sequence of depolarization and the ST vector. The ECGs were transformed to areas projected on the image surface so as to image the process of ventricular depolarization based on the orientation and magnitude of the instantaneous QRS vectors, and the estimated "myocardium at risk" based on the ST segment deviation. RESULTS: The images are presented as Mercator projections with the texture of anatomical segments of the heart and the corresponding coronary artery distribution. The changes in depolarization sequence were visible as dislocations of activated areas circumventing the affected areas, while the "myocardium at risk" estimated from the ST segment deviation pointed to the affected area. CONCLUSION: The presented method of imaging ECG allows visualizing changes in sequence of depolarization as well as the ST segment deviations in myocardial infarction and they can be visually compared with non-ECG imaging methods.
Journal of Electrocardiology, 2014, Vol 47, Issue 4, p. 438-47
Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review