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Digital stethoscopes offer new opportunities for computerized analysis of heart sounds. Segmentation of heart sound recordings into periods related to the first and second heart sound (S1 and S2) is fundamental in the analysis process. However, segmentation of heart sounds recorded with handheld stethoscopes in clinical environments is often complicated by(More)
The long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a genetic disorder, typically characterized by a prolonged QT interval in the ECG due to abnormal cardiac repolarization. LQTS may lead to syncopal episodes and sudden cardiac death. Various parameters based on T-wave morphology, as well as the QT interval itself have been shown to be useful discriminators, but no single ECG(More)
Several antipsychotics are associated with the ventricular tachycardia torsade de pointes (TdP), which may lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD), because of their inhibition of the cardiac delayed potassium rectifier channel. This inhibition extends the repolarization process of the ventricles of the heart, illustrated as a prolongation of the QT interval on a(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent research suggests that other surrogate markers than QTc, including QTc dispersion and Tpeak-Tend, may better correlate with cardiac arrhythmia risk. While sertindole significantly prolongs the QTc interval, the effects on other markers of arrhythmia risk, such as QTc dispersion and Tpeak-Tend are unknown. METHOD Digital 12-lead ECG was(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate whether the heart rate-corrected QT (QTc) interval on the electrocardiogram (ECG) is associated with the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND Patients with hereditary short-QT or long-QT syndromes, representing the very extremes of the QT interval, both seem to have a high prevalence of AF. (More)
BACKGROUND Prolongation of the PR interval has been associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE To determine if there was a nonlinear relation between PR interval duration and the risk of AF. METHODS We included 288,181 individuals, corresponding to one third of the population in the greater region of Copenhagen.(More)
T-wave morphology descriptors are sensitive to drug-induced changes and may be a useful addition to the QT interval in cardiac safety trials. Intrasubject heart rate dependence of T-wave morphology was investigated in a sample of 39 healthy individuals. Ten-second electrocardiograms were obtained from daytime Holter recordings. Duration parameters (QT,(More)
A noninvasive method for detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) with an electronic stethoscope is proposed. Heart sounds recorded in clinical settings are often contaminated with background noise and noise caused by friction between the skin and the stethoscope. A method was developed to reduce the influence of the noise artifacts. The diastolic parts(More)
Sertindole's propensity to prolong the QT interval relates to blockade of the KCNH2 (HERG) encoded Ikr potassium channel, but there has been limited detailed data on T-wave morphology changes. Digital 12-lead ECG was recorded at baseline and at steady-state in 37 patients switched to sertindole. ECG was analyzed for quantitative T-wave morphology changes(More)
INTRODUCTION Reference values for T-wave morphology analysis and evaluation of the relationship with age, sex, and heart rate are lacking in the literature. In this study, we characterized T-wave morphology in a large sample of healthy individuals. METHOD A total of 1081 healthy subjects (83% men; range, 17-81 years) were included. T-wave morphology(More)