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Optimal QT/JT Interval Assessment in Patients with Complete Bundle Branch Block.
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PMID:  22816546     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Background: Prolonged ventricular repolarization duration confers increased risk for malignant ventricular arrhythmias. We sought to clarify the optimal method of QT/JT interval assessment in patients with complete bundle branch block (BBB). Methods: Study patients (n = 71) were dual-chamber device recipients with baseline left or right BBB who preserved intrinsic ventricular activation during incremental atrial pacing. Patients were classified according to the presence or not of structural heart disease. The former group received chronic amiodarone therapy. QT and JT intervals were recorded at baseline heart rate of 51 ± 4 beats/min and during atrial pacing at 60, 80, and 100 beats/min. We used linear mixed-effects models to assess the effect of heart rate on the derived QTc and JTc values with the use of six different heart rate correction formulae. Results: Heart rate had a significant effect on the QTc and the JTc intervals regardless of the correction formula used (P < 0.001 for all formulae). The formula of Hodges demonstrated the least variability in QTc and JTc measurements across the different heart rates in both patients groups without (F = 15.05 and F = 13.53, respectively) and with structural heart disease (F = 5.71 and F = 7.69, respectively), followed by the Nomogram and Framingham methods, whereas the uncorrected QT and JT intervals showed comparable heart rate-dependency. The application of Bazett's JTc and QTc led to the most pronounced interval variations in any case with BBB. Conclusions: The Hodges, Nomogram and Framingham correction methods provide best assessment of QT/JT intervals in BBB, whereas Bazett's formula exaggerates heart rate-dependency of ventricular repolarization intervals.
Authors:
John Chiladakis; Andreas Kalogeropoulos; Nikolaos Koutsogiannis; Fani Zagkli; Niki Vlassopoulou; Konstantinos Chouchoulis; Dimitrios Alexopoulos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of noninvasive electrocardiology : the official journal of the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology, Inc     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1542-474X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9607443     Medline TA:  Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
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©2012, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Affiliation:
From the Cardiology Department, Patras University Hospital, Rion, Patras, Greece.
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