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Post myocardial infarction ECG wave tracings

Post myocardial infarction ECG wave tracings

Overview

Various phases can be seen through ECG wave tracings following a heart attack:

  • Hyperacute phase begins immediately after a heart attack.
  • Fully evolved phase starts a few hours to days after a heart attack.
  • Resolution phase appears a few weeks after a heart attack.
  • Stabilized chronic phase is the last phase and typically has permanent pathological changes compared to a normal ECG tracing.

Review Date 7/30/2020

Updated by: Thomas S. Metkus, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.