Background: Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is characterized by reduced penetrance and variable QT prolongation over time, resulting in an estimate of 25% carriers of a pathogenic mutation with a normal corrected QT (QTc) interval on the resting electrocardiogram (ECG).
Objective: The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that an individualized corrected QT interval derived from 24-hour Holter data more accurately predicts carriage of a pathogenic LQTS mutation than did QT derived from a standard 12-lead ECG and corrected using the Bazett formula (QTc interval).
Methods: Carriers of a pathogenic LQTS mutation and their genotype-negative family members who had both resting ECG and Holter recordings available were included. Automated and manual measurements of QTc were performed. QTi was derived from 24-hour Holter recordings and defined as the QT value at the intersection of an RR interval of 1000 ms, with the linear regression line fitted through QT-RR data points of each individual patient.
Results: In total, 69 patients with LQTS (23 long QT type 1, 39 long QT type 2, and 7 long QT type 3) and 55 controls were selected. Demographic characteristics were comparable. A comparison of the receiver operating characteristic curves indicates that the test added diagnostic value compared to manual measurement (P = .02) or automated measurement (P = .005). The diagnostic accuracy of manually measured QTc using conventional cutoff criteria was 72%, while it was 92% using a sex-independent QTi cutoff of 445 ms. This was caused by a 39% increase in sensitivity without compromising the specificity.
Conclusion: QTi derived from Holter recordings is superior to conventional QTc measured from a standard 12-lead ECG in predicting the mutation carrier state in families with LQTS.
Keywords: Holter; Individualized QT correction; Long QT syndrome; QT rate dependence; QT-RR relation; QTi.
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