Filtering electrocardiogram: Music, math, and ST-elevation myocardial infarction


Aslanger E. K. , Tokdil K. O. , TOKDİL H., YALIN K.

TURK KARDIYOLOJI DERNEGI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF THE TURKISH SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY, vol.49, no.6, pp.509-511, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5543/tkda.2021.40156
  • Title of Journal : TURK KARDIYOLOJI DERNEGI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF THE TURKISH SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.509-511
  • Keywords: Acute coronary syndrome, artifacts, electrocardiogram, ST-elevation myocardial infarction

Abstract

Clinicians should have a basic understanding of the working principle of the instruments they use to avoid potential pitfalls caused by post-processing of the acquired biological signals. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is no exception; many different errors can arise during the acquisition or the processing of the ECG data, which may result in dangerous misdiagnoses. We present a case where the use of an inappropriate high-pass filter led to a false diagnosis of ST-elevation myocardial infarction. In addition, this report discusses the basic mechanisms of this frequently overlooked phenomenon and methods to avoid it.