Simultaneous assessment of electrocardiographic parameters for risk stratification: validation in healthy subjects.

Antonio Michelucci, David Mortara, Chiara Lazzeri, Giuseppe Barletta, Andrea Capalbo, Toni Badia, Riccarda Del Bene, Claudio Bano, Gian Franco Gensini, Franco Franchi

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BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac death represents a major public health problem, but in the general population the identification of those subjects at very high risk remains poor. Simultaneous multiparametric ECG analysis can improve the identification of high-risk patients. METHODS: Five-min ECG recordings at a 5 MHz sampling rate (extended length-XL-ECG, Mortara Instruments, Milwaukee, WI, USA) were acquired in 105 healthy subjects (age range 21 to 80 years), equally distributed for age decades and sex, and three additional recordings, 30 min apart, were repeated in 30 subjects on the second day. The following parameters were recorded and analyzed: the RR interval, QRS duration, QT interval corrected according to the Bazett and Fridericia formulae, QT dispersion, T wave complexity, activation-recovery interval dispersion, standard deviation of the RR intervals, filtered QRS duration, the square root of the mean voltage of the last 40 ms of the filtered QRS, and the length of time that the terminal vector magnitude complex remains <40 microV. RESULTS: QRS duration, activation-recovery interval dispersion, and filtered QRS differed in the two sexes. The standard deviation of the RR intervals, T wave complexity and QT dispersion were significantly correlated with age. The reproducibility was good for each parameter. CONCLUSIONS: The XL-ECG allows the simultaneous calculation of eight adequately reproducible different parameters the values of which are in agreement with those of the literature. Thus, XL-ECG is a reliable time- and cost-saving tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-317
Number of pages10
JournalItalian Heart Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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