Podcast 630: Evolution of an STEMI - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 630: Evolution of an STEMI

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Hyperacute T waves can occur immediately and typical last less than an hour
    • Hyperacute T waves are typically broader than peaked T-waves, which are associated with hyperkalemia
  • ST elevation which usually starts within an hour of the inciting event and can last up to a few days, and often follows the hyperacute T-waves
  • Q waves can begin at the time ST elevation begins and can remain permanently
  • T waves can invert before normalizing again days later


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

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