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Seasonal Variability of QT Dispersion in Healthy Young Males

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Background: There are few data related to the seasonal influences on the QT dispersion.

Methods: We analyzed the effects of seasons on QT dispersion in a large group of healthy young males. We studied the seasonal variability of QT dispersion in 523 healthy male subjects aged 22 ± 4 years (ranging from 20 to 26). Four seasonal 12-lead resting electrocardiograms (ECGs) recorded at double amplitude were performed at 25 mm/s at intervals of 3 months. Subsequent ECGs were recorded within 1 hour of the reference winter recording. QT dispersion was defined as the difference between the longest and the shortest mean QT intervals.

Results: There was a significant seasonal variation in QT dispersion (P = 0.001) , with the largest QT dispersion in winter (71 ± 18 ms) and the smallest one in spring (43 ± 19) .

Conclusion: There exists a significant seasonal variation in QT dispersion of healthy subjects and such variability should be taken into consideration in the evaluation process of QT dispersion.

A.N.E. 2003;8(1):8–13
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Keywords: QT dispersion; QT interval; seasonal variation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Cardiology, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey 2: Department of Cardiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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