This is an ECG I performed on a 65-year old man about 5 years ago. He mentioned something to me about his past medical history before we got started but, in truth, I would have recognized it had he not told me beforehand. What did he tell me and what does this ECG reveal?
This middle-aged man presents to the Emergency Dept. complaining of shortness of breath and fever. Blood work, chest xray, and ECG are ordered. When the ER Tech obtains the 12-Lead ECG, he is puzzled by the following findings:
Low voltage in the chest leads V2 - V6
Abnormal right axis of P waves with negative P waves in Leads I and aVL
Abnormal right QRS axis with an upright aVR.
Seeing his puzzled look, the patient says, "Oh, I forgot to tell you, I have mirror-image dextrocardia!"
After consulting with the ED physician, the Tech reverses the arm leads and the chest leads and obtains the second ECG.
The P wave axis is now correct, although there is still derangement of the QRS axis. The QRS complexes in the chest leads look more normal, but do not show the usual R wave progression of the normal ECG.
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