Benign variant (BV) ST-segment elevation (STE) is present in anterior chest leads in most individuals and may cause diagnostic confusion in patients presenting with chest pain. Recently, 2 regression formulas were proposed for differentiation of BV-STE from anterior ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI) on the electrocardiogram, computation of which is heavily device-dependent. We hypothesized that a simpler visual-assessment-based formula, namely (R-wave amplitude in lead V4 + QRS amplitude in V2) – (QT interval in millimeters + STE60 in V3), will be noninferior to these formulas. Consecutive cases of proven left anterior descend . . .ing occlusion were reviewed, and those with obvious ST elevation MI were excluded. First 200 consecutive patients with noncardiac chest pain and BV-STE were also enrolled as a control group. Relevant electrocardiographic parameters were measured. There were 138 anterior MI and 196 BV-STE cases. Our simple formula was superior to the 3- and noninferior to the 4-variable formulas. This new practical formula had an excellent area-under curve of 0.963 (95% confidence interval, 0.946 to 0.980,
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