Saturday, May 03, 2008

Prominent R wave in V1

Interpreting a prominent R wave in V1 is an exercise in differential diagnosis. The clinician must be able to list the causes. Here’s the list:

Left ventricular ectopy
Right ventricular hypertrophy
Acute right ventricular dilation (acute right heart strain)
Type A Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
Posterior myocardial infarction
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Progressive muscular dystrophy
Misplaced precordial leads

Right bundle branch block
Normal variant

You’ll make fewer mistakes if you keep this list in mind when confronted with an electrocardiogram which displays an R wave in V1 of greater amplitude than the S wave.

Via the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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