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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.

 

STEMI heart attack

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