Previous analyses suggest only modest agreement between local site and core-laboratory (core-lab) electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACSs); however, this has not been well examined outside of clinical trial populations.
Patients (n = 5277 from 51 hospitals; 4916 with 1 year vital status) participating in the Canadian ACS Registry who were hospitalized with an ACS and had an interpretable initial ECG were included in this study. Core-lab ECG interpretation was blinded to site interpretation and outcomes. There was moderate agreement between site and core-lab regarding the predominant ECG findings (kappa = 0.49). Patients with core-lab-defined ST-elevation and cardiac marker elevation (n = 1202) not classified as ST-elevation by the site were less likely to receive acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) (90 vs. 96%, P
Comment In: Eur Heart J. 2008 Jan;29(1):1-318065751