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What does the term STEMI mean?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

By: Dr. Scott T. Weslow


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A STEMI is, in essence, a large heart attack. The “MI” stands for myocardial infarction, which is the medical term for heart attack. The “STE” stands for ST segment elevation, which is the finding on an EKG that allows us to diagnose a large heart attack. There is also a term NSTEMI, which is a small heart attack, not large enough to diagnose on an EKG, that is only able to be diagnosed with a blood test called a troponin.

 – Dr. Scott T. Weslow, Aurora BayCare Cardiology

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Weslow Scott

Scott T. Weslow, MD, is a Board Certified Aurora BayCare cardiologist. He is fellowship trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Weslow has special training in peripheral vascular disease. Therefore in addition to treating heart disease, Dr. Weslow also treats peripheral arterial disease i.e. neck, aorta and legs. Learn more here.

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