A Novel Electrocardiographic T-Wave Measurement (Tp-Te Interval) as a Predictor of Heart Abnormalities in Hypertension: A New Opportunity for First-Line Electrocardiographic Evaluation

Andrea Ferrucci, Flaminia Canichella, Allegra Battistoni, Francesca Palano, Pietro Francia, Giuseppino Massimo Ciavarella, Massimo Volpe, Giuliano Tocci

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of conventional and new markers of early cardiac organ damage (OD) on 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG) in 25 outpatients with newly diagnosed untreated essential hypertension compared with 15 normotensive, otherwise healthy individuals. Each participant underwent ECG, echocardiographic, and blood pressure (BP) measurements. Conventional and new ECG indexes for cardiac OD (Tp-Te interval, ventricular activation time, and P-wave analysis) were also measured. Clinic and 24-hour ambulatory BP levels as well as left ventricular mass indexes were significantly higher in hypertensive than in normotensive patients. No significant differences were found between the two groups for ECG and echocardiographic markers of OD. Only Tp-Te interval was higher in hypertensive than in normotensive individuals (3.06 mm vs 2.24 mm; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-449
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.)
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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