The electrocardiogram of 27 patients with congestive cardiomyopathy (CMC), 15 with obstructive (CMO) and 13 with hypertrophic without obstruction (CMH) have been studied. Cardiac catheterization, angiography, coronary arteriography, and, in some cases, echocardiography, were performed. The study was carried out in an attempt to define certain patterns of each CM with emphasis on the ischaemic-like features, as infarct pattern, symmetrical T wave inversion, ST elevation, non-typical troubles of ventricular repolarization and on the electrophysiology of these findings. Suggestive for CMC were: (1) prolonged PR, (2) high frequency of arrhythmias and conduction defects, especially complete left bundle branch block with abnormal left axis deviation, (3) left atrial enlargement and ventricular hypertrophy. Suggestive for CMO: (1) low incidence of arrhythmias and conduction defects, (2) left atrial enlargement and ventricular hypertrophy. Infarct pattern, symmetrical T wave inversion and other ischaemic-like features were equally found in all groups of CM, without any statistical difference. Pathogenesis of cardiomyopathy, particularly of CMH, is discussed, carrying out a review of literature.
|Translated title of the contribution||The electrocardiogram in cardiomyopathies|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia|
|Publication status||Published - 1977|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine