ECG Evidence of Acute MI with Left Bundle Branch Block

A modified Sgarbossa criteria can be used to suggested and Myocardial infarct in the presence of a LBBB. Additionally, it has been suggested to look for “Wellen’s signs” in V1-6:
Wellens’  Type A – biphasic pattern of T waves in V leads
Wellens’  Type B – deep  negative T wave inversion in V leads

Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2017 Mar;28(1):57-59.
Wellens’ syndrome can indicate high-grade LAD stenosis in case of left bundle branch block.
Grautoff S

Modified Sgarbossa Criteria: “best seen in the midprecordial
leads, but may appear in V1–V6”
Sgarbossa A: Concordant ST elevation >1 mm in leads with positive QRS
Sgarbossa B: Concordant ST depression >1 mm in V1–V3
Sgarbossa C: Negative QRS followed by a discordant ST elevation of at least 1 mm
AND 25% of the preceding S.
(The original publication of Sgarbossa et al. stated for Sgarbossa C: ST elevation >5 mm independent of the amplitude of S)

  • Findings best seen during period of pain
  • at one point only V5 showed Wellen’s.

Comment – had one case that was young with minimal features eventually angiogramed and needed two stents in LAD. Given the LAD occlusions are called the “widow-maker” these measures were lifesaving . Point could be made that a mammary artery bypass would have better longevity…

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One Response to ECG Evidence of Acute MI with Left Bundle Branch Block

  1. Susan says:


    My name is Susan and I am a 1st year emergency medicine resident doing a case report on Wellens’ syndrome. I would really like to use your fig 3 for its simplicity but clearly illustrated expected EKG findings in Wellens’ syndrome. I will ensure that due credit is given to your authors/publisher.

    If OK by you, kindly provide the format and authors/publisher/editor as you would like to see it on the reference page.


    Bottom of illustration is the reference from where I got it from… Not my illustration.

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