28-year-old man with chest pain x 2 hours.
This EKG is common in the ED and worth being comfortable with so that young healthy patients are not inadvertently thrombolysed or referred to interventional cardiology. While there is noticeable ST-segment elevation in lead V3-5 this pattern is consistent with Benign Early Repolarization.
Notice that the ST-segment elevation occurs in association with large amplitude QRS complexes in the chest leads, and often has a notched, or “fishhook”, appearance at the J point (apparent here in V4-5).
Another corroborating find in early repolarization is an early R/S transition. Usually, the R/S ratio progresses across the chest leads (V1 – V6) with the transition, or R/S closest to 1, occurring in V3-4. In early repolarization the R/S transition often occurs before V3 as in this example.
Finally notice that there are no reciprocal changes noted in other leads as would typically be present with ST-segment elevation associated with an acute MI.
Each of these findings, particularly in young healthy men with an appropriately atypical chest pain complaint, suggests benign early repolarization.