UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: Pseudo AMI after ICD shock

Keywords: internal cardioverter defibrillator (PubMed Search)

Posted: 4/13/2008 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 8/15/2022)
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ICD shocks are often associated with ST segment elevation and even positive troponin levels that can simulate acute MI. So how do you know if the patient experienced an acute MI with VF that triggered the ICD shock? Or if there simply was an aberrant ICD shock that triggered STE with positive troponins?

STE that is due purely to the ICD shock generally resolves after only 15-20 minutes. Persistent STE beyond that time should be assumed to be true ischemia.

Troponin elevations that are due purely to an ICD shock are usually mild and normalize within 24 hours. Huge troponin elevations and those that last beyond 24 hours should be assumed to be caused by true infarction.