In 84 consecutive patients with resting T-wave inversion, radionuclide angiography revealed significant new wall motion abnormalities in 13 (28 percent) of the 47 patients with persistent T-wave inversion and in 23 (62 percent) of the 37 patients with T-wave pseudonormalization during exercise (p < 0.01). The response of the ejection fraction to exercise was better in patients with persistent T-wave inversion than in those with pseudonormalization (p < 0.04). Mechanical evidence of ischemia was seen in 14 (61 percent) of the 23 patients with T-wave pseudonormalization but without ST-segment depression. In patients with resting T-wave inversion, pseudonormalization was slightly more sensitive but less specific than a positive exercise test for predicting significant new all motion abnormalities or decreases in the ejection fraction with exercise. Although pseudonormalization is not extremely useful alone, the presence or absence of this finding can increase the diagnostic accuracy of exercise electrocardiography in patients with resting T-wave inversion and suspected ischemic heart disease.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine