The T-peak–T-end Interval as a Marker of Repolarization Abnormality: A Comparison with the QT Interval for Five Different Drugs
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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The T-peak to T-end (TpTe) interval has been suggested as an index of transmural dispersion and as a marker of drug-induced abnormal repolarization. In this study, we investigate the relation between TpTe and the QT interval.
METHODS: Electrocardiograms (ECGs) from five different drugs (sotalol, sertindole, moxifloxacin, nalmefene, and Lu 38-135) and from a placebo group were analyzed. Semi-automatic measurements of T-peak, T-end, and QRS onset were obtained. The TpTe/QT ratio was calculated to investigate the proportional relationship of QT and TpTe.
RESULTS: Although a significant increase of both TpTe and QT from baseline is apparent with QT-prolonging drugs, the TpTe/QT ratio remained the same at baseline and after drug administration, thus indicating that prolongation of TpTe is just a fractional part of total QT prolongation. In the presence of notched or flattened T-waves, the uncertainty associated with measurement of the TpTe interval increases. The errors in TpTe for individual subjects may be substantial, thus complicating the use of TpTe for follow-up of individuals.
CONCLUSIONS: The duration of the QT interval and TpTe are closely related. Drugs appear to prolong the TpTe interval as a predictable fraction of the total QT prolongation.
|Tidsskrift||Clinical Drug Investigation|
|Status||Udgivet - nov. 2015|