Previously, the classification of MI into transmural and subendocardial types has been based on the presence or absence of abnormal Q waves. The pathologic anatomy of necrosis in MI does not necessarily correspond to these ECG criteria. Thus, it is more appropriate to describe myocardial infarcts as Q wave or non-Q wave infarcts. The importance of this classification is underscored by their clinical and pathologic differences and the tendency for more serious prognosis in the non-Q wave infarcts. It should be noted that in Q wave infarcts the volume of necrosis is usually greater than that in non-Q wave infarcts.
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Articles| March 01 1994
Q and non-Q wave myocardial infarctions
Am J Crit Care (1994) 3 (2): 158–161.
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KB Keller, L Lemberg; Q and non-Q wave myocardial infarctions. Am J Crit Care 1 March 1994; 3 (2): 158–161. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc19220.127.116.11
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