A 44-year-old woman came to the emergency room complaining of retro-sternal pressure sensation of few hours' duration, radiating into the right shoulder. A mother of two, she had had poliomyelitis in her youth and suffered from residual gait difficulties and chronic back pain. She had no known cardiovascular risk factors. The 12-lead ECG recorded on admission revealed acute elevations in the aVR lead and ST-segment depressions in V5 and V6. In patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome, elevations in aVR with an amplitude greater than 0.1 mV portend an unfavorable prognosis and are associated with main-stem stenosis or severe three-vessel coronary artery disease. The latter was confirmed at coronary angiography, which was performed immediately after the ECG changes had been noted.
Prof. Dr. med. Michael Christ, Dr. med. Konrad Schröpfer, Dr. med. Marcus Gnad University Clinic for Emergency and Internal Intensive Care Medicine, Paracelsus Medical Private University, Nuremberg, Michael.Christ@klinikum-nuernberg.de
Conflict of interest statement The authors declare that no conflict of interest exists.
Cite this as: Christ M, Schroepfer K, Gnad M: A middle-aged woman with pressure in the chest. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2017; 114: 83. DOI: 10.3238 / arztebl.2017.0083
Translated from the original German by Ethan Taub, M.D.