By A. John Camm
Lately there was enormous curiosity within the analysis and figuring out of ventricular repolarisation, relatively the QT period prolongation and irregular T and T/U wave morphology linked to torsades de pointes. Advances in ion channel cloning have enormously superior our figuring out of the position of ionic channels in mediating cardiac repolarisation. regrettably, it's more and more acknowledged variety of medications, either these linked to changing repolarisation, and others for non-cardiac stipulations can raise the propensity for polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, syncope or even ventricular traumatic inflammation and unexpected death.In this quantity, arrhythmia experts from St. George’s health facility scientific tuition, London speak about the mechanisms at the back of QT prolongation and torsades de pointes. They concentration relatively at the threat of person cardiac and non-cardiac medicinal drugs in upsetting lengthy QT syndrome, supplying a complete evaluation on the way to be worthwhile for all electrophysiologists treating polymorphic ventricular tachycardias, and may reveal very important regulatory matters for pharmaceutical experts and for the broader clinical group.
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Accurate results than manual methods , and no simple automatic algorithm has so far been shown to be sufficiently precise and robust to satisfy the accuracy required in the assessment of cardiac safety of a drug. Some workers, however, reported that both automatic and manual methods (using digitizing board) provided similar values . With the manual method, the recording technology plays an important role for the precision of QT interval measurement. In the past, electrocardiograms were normally recorded only on paper using most frequently the standard 25 mm/s paper speed and 10 mm/mV gain.
In each subject, the recording was repeated 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month later. In total, four sets of 24-h data were obtained in each individual. The separate 12-lead electrocardiograms were subsequently processed using the QT Guard system by GE Marquette to obtain an automatic reading of heart rate and of the median duration of QT interval of all the 12 ECG leads (that is, the median value of all measurable leads was used). While the automatic measurement of the QT interval in 12-lead electrocardiograms is potentially problematic, this study utilized automatic readings purely because of the sheer volume of electrocardiograms to be processed.
Thus, the CPMP proposed that a maximal QTc value of over 500 ms should cause concern about the potential for drug-induced TdP . Bonate and Russell estimated that the false positive rate for maximal QTc interval (> 450 ms) was about 7% . Although these values seem reasonable, the false-positive rate for borderline prolongation (431–450 ms) is about 7–28% . Thus, the guideline proposed by the CPMP for borderline cases is potentially erroneous in identifying marginally prolonged QTc interval.
Acquired Long QT Syndrome by A. John Camm