Yet they are normal for women.
The ‘ widow maker’: Electrocardiogram features that should not be missed
A review of studies from nine countries found that women are also less likely to be referred to, and attend, cardiac rehabilitation programs. And recent research from Sweden shows that failure to adhere to treatment guidelines results in greater premature death for women within five years after a heart attack compared to men. This confirms earlier findings in many other countries as well. While there is much work to be done, each year this gap in knowledge and treatment closes in North America thanks in part to Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration implementing guidelines to ensure the inclusion of women in research.
Continued advocacy by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the American Heart Association is also important for increasing awareness both within and outside of the health care systems. Additionally, more research in tailoring treatments to women, like female-only cardiac rehabilitation , will help in the design and application of treatments.
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The patient had a past medical history of coronary artery disease CAD , hypertension, and hyperlipidaemia which he received regular treatment. His previous ECG approximately done 3 months earlier showed a sinus rhythm, 78 beat per minute, normal axis with biphasic T wave at lead V1-V2. He underwent exercise stress test EST a week later but the result was inconclusive as he was unable to complete the test due to lethargy.
He was asked to undergo dobutamine stress test two months later but he didn't turn up.
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During the physical examination, he was not experiencing chest pain. His vital signs and cardiovascular examination were normal. The emergency physician diagnosed him to have Wellen's syndrome and was admitted to the ward. He refused angioplasty and further intervention due to financial constraint. In , Wellen and his colleagues first described a characteristic ECG pattern of T waves in the precordial leads that were associated with a critical stenosis of the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery.
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Although these patients may initially respond well to medical treatment, they have poor prognosis with conservative therapy and often require aggressive treatment such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass graft. The characteristics of Wellen's syndrome include: In Wellen's syndrome, a patient often presents with intermittent chest pain and there is a characteristic T-wave on the ECG during a pain-free period.
It represents a critical stenosis of the LAD, a branch of left coronary artery that, if progressed to an occlusion, may result in an acute anterior wall myocardial infarction. The patient requires urgent angioplasty to reopen the occlusion.
An occlusion in this vessel can result in serious ventricular dysfunction, thus placing the patient at risk of congestive heart failure and death. In Wellen's syndrome, the patients may not present with unstable angina; some may have symptoms mimicking chronic stable angina. It often involves leads V1 and V4 and occasionally leads V5 and V6. The patient in this case report had typical type II ECG features suggestive of Wellen's syndrome and they were recorded while the patient was resting and pain free.
Tandy and colleagues4 reported a patient of Wellen's syndrome who, after undergoing an EST, developed an ST-elevation anterior myocardial infarction resulting in death. The review I am referring to is actually incredibly suspect and strangely negative, which makes me think of one of the ignorant and misled persons interviewed in the movie.
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