Differential diagnostic dilemma between pulmonary embolism and acute coronary syndrome

Gul E. E., Nikus K. C., ERDOĞAN İ. H., Ozdemir K.

Journal of Arrhythmia, vol.32, no.2, pp.160-161, 2016 (Scopus) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.joa.2015.10.006
  • Journal Name: Journal of Arrhythmia
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.160-161
  • Keywords: Acute pulmonary embolism, Acute coronary syndrome, ECG
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a frequent life-threatening condition in emergency departments. Careful diagnosis is important, and different diagnostic tests such as electrocardiogram (ECG), biochemical markers, echocardiogram, and computed tomography are required. Although ECG is a cheap and rapid diagnostic test for pulmonary embolism, it has some limitations in the differential diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome and acute PE. Herein, we report ECG results of a patient diagnosed with acute PE mimicking acute coronary syndrome.