Tuomas V. Kenttä

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BACKGROUND Early repolarization (ER) in the inferior/lateral leads predicts mortality, but whether ER is a specific sign of increased risk for arrhythmic events is not known. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to study the association of ER and arrhythmic events and nonarrhythmic morbidity and mortality. METHODS We assessed the prognostic(More)
We wanted to evaluate the prevalence and prognostic value of the fragmented QRS (fQRS) complex, defined as changes in QRS morphology with various RSR'-patterns in 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) in a middle-aged general population. We evaluated the 12-lead ECGs of 10,904 Finnish middle-aged subjects (52% men, mean age 44 ± 8.5 years) with (n = 2,543) and(More)
BACKGROUND QRS/T angle and the cosine of the angle between QRS and T-wave vectors (TCRT), measured from standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), have been used in risk stratification of patients. This study assessed the possible rate dependence of these variables during exercise ECG in healthy subjects. METHODS Forty healthy volunteers, 20 men and 20(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of our study was to assess the effect of short-term cold exposure, typical in subarctic climate, on cardiac electrical function among untreated middle-aged hypertensive men. METHODS We conducted a population-based recruitment of 51 hypertensive men and a control group of 32 men without hypertension (age 55-65 years) who underwent(More)
The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that novel biomarkers may predict cardiac events in diabetic patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Serum levels of highly sensitive troponin T (hs-TnT), B-type natriuretic peptide, highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), galectin-3, and soluble suppressor of tumorigenicity-2 (sST2) were(More)
AIMS Total cosine R-to-T (TCRT) measured from the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) reflects the spatial relationship between depolarization and repolarization wavefronts and a low TCRT value is a marker of poor prognosis. We tested the hypothesis that measurement of TCRT or QRS/T angle from exercise ECG would provide even more powerful prognostic(More)
Microvolt T-wave alternans (TWA), characterised as beat-to-beat fluctuation of T-wave amplitude and morphology, is an electrophysiological phenomenon associated clinically with impending ventricular arrhythmias and is an important marker of arrhythmia risk. Currently, two main methods for the detection of TWA exist, namely, the spectral method and the(More)
BACKGROUND Postexercise measurement of heart rate (HR) recovery and QT interval dynamics provides prognostic information in various patient populations. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess whether the measurement of the spatial relationship between the depolarization and repolarization wavefronts (total cosine R-to-T [TCRT]) during the(More)
BACKGROUND Prevalence and prognostic significance of abnormal P terminal force (PTF) in the general population are not known. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of abnormal PTF and to compare clinical outcomes of middle-aged subjects with and without the PTF. METHODS AND RESULTS The presence of PTF was assessed in a cohort of 10 647(More)