UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: LBBB and acute MI

Keywords: left bundle branch block, acute MI, electrocardiography (PubMed Search)

Posted: 4/24/2011 by Amal Mattu, MD
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Traditional teaching for many years has been that new or presumed new LBBB in patients with anginal type of symptoms should be treated as a STEMI, i.e. with immediate PCI or lytics. However, that teaching is based on poor evidence. Newer, increasing evidence is suggesting that new/presumed new LBBB in patients with anginal symptoms is actually not associated with acute MI any more often than when a patient has an old LBBB with those symptoms.

Probably the best management in patients with anginal type of symptoms and a new/presumed new LBBB is to contact the cardiologist on call and ask them for their preference in terms of treatment. Those patients are not necessarily definite AMIs.


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2. Jain S, et al. Utility of left bundle branch block as a diagnostic criterion for acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol 2011;107:1111-1116.
3. Chang AM, et al. Lack of association between left bundle-branch block and acute myocardial infarction in symptomatic ED patients. Am J Emerg Med 2009;27:916-921.