Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Non-Q wave myocardial infarction is a distinct and changing clinical entity characterized by lower initial mortality and a higher rate of reinfarction compared to Q wave infarction. Clinical and pathologic data suggest that the syndrome results from transient or incomplete coronary occlusion resulting in an infarct which is smaller than when Q waves are present. High-risk patients can be identified during hospitalization, allowing for aggressive therapy aimed at revascularization. Relatively few clinical trials have examined initial therapy or secondary prevention in this group of patients. These studies are reviewed and management guidelines suggested.