Podcast 628: ST Elevation - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 628: ST Elevation

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • STEMI criteria is not just 1mm elevation in contiguous leads
    • 1.5 mm in V2-V3 for women
    • 2.0 mm in V2-V3 for men
    • 2.5 mm in V2-V3 for men under 40
  • Inferior MI typically have ST elevation in leads II, III and aVF
    • Usually inferior MI’s show reciprocal changes (ST depression) in the lateral leads.
  • Lateral MI typically elevation in V5, V6, I, and aVL
  • Anterior MI show elevation in leads V1-4
  • Right sided MIs have mixed pattern, showing elevation in V1-V2 and V4 along with the inferior leads.
  • Right sided MI’s are very sensitive to nitrates, especially if they become intubated because this combination can drop pre-load significantly leading to profound hypotension


Akbar H, Foth C, Kahloon RA, et al. Acute ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. [Updated 2020 Aug 8]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532281/


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Summarized by Jackson Roos, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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