Q wave myocardial infarction


Q wave myocardial infarctions refers to myocardial infarctions that in a Q wave forming on the 12-lead ECG once the infarction is completed. It was once believed that the development of Q waves indicated that the infarction was “transmural” involving the full thickness of the myocardium, however autopsy studies failed to confirm this. The terms Q wave MI, non-Q wave MI, transmural MI and non-transmural MI are no longer recommended for use. Instead, acute coronary syndromes are classified as unstable angina, non-ST elevation myocardial infarction and ST elevation myocardial infarction.