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The inverse Nehb J lead increases the sensitivity of Holter electrocardiographic monitoring for detecting myocardial ischemia.

A major reason for the relatively low sensitivity of Holter electrocardiography (ECG) for detecting ischemia is that the sensitivity of bipolar leads used for Holter ischemia monitoring has not been systematically evaluated, making lead selection difficult. Therefore, this study evaluated the sensitivity of 6 bipolar Holter leads for detecting ischemia during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. Seventy-five patients, each of whom had > 1 mm ST-segment elevation on an intracoronary electrocardiogram from the myocardium distal to the stenosis during balloon occlusion, were studied for the occurrence of > or = 1 mm ST-segment elevation or depression on the simultaneously recorded Holter leads II, III, aVF, CM5, CR4, and inverse Nehb J. The study found that the inverse lead Nehb J provided a significantly higher overall sensitivity for detecting myocardial ischemia than Holter leads II, III, aVF, CM5, and CR4. Also, the use of inverse lead Nehb J significantly increased the sensitivity of 2- and 3-lead Holter ischemia monitoring. These findings were based on a significantly higher sensitivity of inverse lead Nehb J for detecting ischemia induced by transient occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery and a slightly higher sensitivity for detecting ischemia induced by occlusion of the left circumflex coronary artery. None of the bipolar leads studied provided a very high sensitivity for detecting ischemia induced by occlusion of the right coronary artery. These findings show that adequate lead selection can increase the sensitivity of Holter ischemia monitoring. Furthermore, the lack of a highly sensitive lead for detection of inferior ischemia indicates that further evaluation of bipolar leads is warranted.[1]

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  1. The inverse Nehb J lead increases the sensitivity of Holter electrocardiographic monitoring for detecting myocardial ischemia. Seeberger, M.D., Moerlen, J., Skarvan, K., Friedli, D., Vankova, S., Buser, P., Pfisterer, M. Am. J. Cardiol. (1997) [Pubmed]
 
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