QT prolongation

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Background

  • Prolonged ventricular repolarisation → increased risk of ventricular arrythmias
    • Males >440-450 ms
    • Females >500 ms
    • Rule of thumb: Normal QT interveal is less than half of preceding RR interval
  • QT interval is from the beginning of the Q wave to the end of the T wave
    • Rate dependent and should become proportionately shorter with increasing heart rate

Clinical Features

  • Most are asymptomatic
  • History may include:
    • Syncope
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Family history of long QT or sudden death
    • Medication history should always be obtained especially so to avoid interactions and further QT prolongation

Differential Diagnosis

Drug List

Evaluation

  • ECG
    • quick/imprecise measure: QT takes up more than half the R-R distance
    • Measure QT interval in lead II or V5-6
    • QTc = QT /√R-R
    • Long QT: QTc >440 (male), >460 (female)
    • >500 = real concern (may result in torsades)

Management

Pause Dependent (precipitated by bradycardia)

Adrenergic Dependent (precipited by tachycardia)

Disposition

  • Highly consider admission, especially for QT >500

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