Cardiovascular Medicine Book




QT Interval

Aka: QT Interval, QT Duration, QT Prolongation, Prolonged QT, Long QT, Pronged Qtc, QTc Prolongation
  1. See Also
    1. See Prolonged QT Interval due to Medication
  2. Interpretation: Normal QT Duration
    1. Always confirm Prolonged QT with a manual measurement (QTc >500 ms)
      1. Computer read EKG can over-measure QTc (e.g. in presence of U Waves)
    2. QT modifying factors
      1. Normal QT decreases with increasing Heart Rate
      2. QT is longer in leads V2 and v3
    3. Calculation of QTc or corrected QT (Bazett's Formula)
      1. QTc = QT/(sqrt RR Interval)
      2. QTc is normally <0.44
    4. Approximation of normal QT
      1. QT Interval shortens with decreasing RR Interval
      2. QT = 0.5 x preceding RR Interval (if normal rate)
      3. Approximate normal QT Interval
        1. QT <= 0.38 if Heart Rate 80 bpm or greater
        2. Add 0.02 sec for every 10 bpm below 80
        3. Example: Normal QT <= 0.46 if Heart Rate 40-50
    5. Heart Rate determined QT
      1. 115 - 84 bpm: QT 0.30 to 0.37 seconds
      2. 83 - 72 bpm: QT 0.32 to 0.40 seconds
      3. 71 - 63 bpm: QT 0.34 to 0.42 seconds
      4. 62 - 56 bpm: QT 0.36 to 0.43 seconds
      5. 55 - 45 bpm: QT 0.39 to 0.46 seconds
  3. Causes: Prolonged QT (QTc > 500 ms)
    1. See Prolonged QT Interval due to Medication
    2. Familial Long QT Syndrome (cardiac ion channel abnormalities)
      1. Jervall-Lange-Nielsen Syndrome (associated with Deafness)
      2. Romano-Ward Syndrome (not associated with Deafness)
    3. Congestive Heart Failure
    4. Cardiomyopathy
    5. Myocardial Infarction
    6. Hypocalcemia
    7. Hypokalemia
    8. Hypomagnesemia
    9. Type I Antiarrhythmic drugs
    10. Rheumatic Fever
    11. Myocarditis
    12. Congenital Heart Disease
  4. Complications: QT Prolongation resulting in Torsades de Pointes
    1. See Torsades de Pointes for management
    2. QT Prolongation risks R-On-T Phenomenon (PVC on T Wave) provoking polymorphic VT (Torsades)
      1. Consider baseline EKG prior to administering medications that may increase QTc
    3. Caution in patients with pre-existing QT Prolongation (QTc >450 ms) when prescribing new medications
      1. See Prolonged QT Interval due to Medication
      2. Select medications that do not prolong the QT Interval further
      3. Stop medication causes of Prolonged QT when QTc rises above 500 ms
      4. Avoid Beta Blockers, due to Syncope risk, precipitating Torsades (3.6 fold increased risk)
        1. Jons (2010) J Am Coll Cardiol 55(8): 783-8 [PubMed]
    4. Not all Prolonged QT intervals significantly predispose to Torsades
      1. Degree of QT Prolongation does not correlate with risk of Torsades
      2. Medication specific effects (e.g. some medications are more likely to result in Torsades)
        1. See Prolonged QT Interval due to Medication for likelihood of Torsades
        2. Avoid combining multiple medications each of which increase QT Interval
    5. Coexisting conditions which make Drug-Induced Torsades de Pointes more likely
      1. Baseline QT Prolongation
      2. Bradycardia
      3. Acute Myocardial Infarction
      4. Low Ejection Fraction
      5. Hypokalemia
      6. Hypomagnesemia
      7. Volume depletion (Vomiting, Diuretics)
      8. Female gender (long QT Interval at baseline)
    6. Evaluate context of QT Prolongation
      1. QT Prolongation and reassuring findings that require no change in regimen
        1. Chronic, stable, asymptomatic use of a medication associated with QT Prolongation
      2. QT Prolongation and red flag findings that suggest further evaluation or regimen change
        1. Family History of Sudden Cardiac Death
        2. Symptoms (high risk group that requires thorough evaluation)
          1. Syncope
          2. Palpitations
          3. Spells or Seizures (presenting event in 10% of pediatric cases)
  5. Causes: Shortened QT (<330 ms)
    1. Digoxin (Digitalis)
    2. Hypercalcemia
    3. Hyperkalemia
    4. Phenothiazines
    5. Sympathomimetics
    6. Familial (cardiac ion channel abnormalities)
  6. Complications: Shortened QT (<330 ms)
    1. Syncope
    2. Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
    3. Ventricular Fibrillation
  7. References
    1. Joshi and Dermark (2016) Crit Dec Emerg Med 30(8):3-12
    2. Mirvis in Braunwald (2001) Cardiovascular, p. 92-3
    3. Rollings (1984) Facts and Formulas, p. 64

Prolonged QT interval (C0151878)

Definition (NCI_CDISC) An electrocardiographic finding in which the QT interval not corrected for heart rate is prolonged. Thresholds for different age, gender, and patient populations exist.
Definition (NCI) An electrocardiographic finding in which the QT interval not corrected for heart rate is prolonged. Thresholds for different age, gender, and patient populations exist. (CDISC)
Concepts Finding (T033)
SnomedCT 123332001, 142130001, 111975006
English QT PROLONGED, Electrocardiogram QT prolonged, QT increased, QT interval prolonged, Long QT, QT prolonged, interval prolong qt, interval prolonged qt, intervals prolong qt, long qt, increased qt, prolong qt, qt prolonged, intervals prolonged qt, prolonged qt interval, prolonged qt, qt interval prolonged, Increased Q-T interval, Increased Q-T interval (finding), PROLONGED QT, Prolonged QT, Prolonged QT Interval by EKG Finding, Prolonged QT Interval, Prolonged QT Interval by ECG Finding, Prolonged QT interval, Increased QT interval, Prolonged QT interval (finding), Increased Q-T interval -RETIRED-
Italian Intervallo QT dell'elettrocardiogramma, prolungato, QT prolungato, Intervallo QT prolungato, QT lungo, QT aumentato
Dutch QT verhoogd, lang QT, QT-interval verlengd, QT verlengd, elektrocardiogram QT verlengd
French QT long, Intervalle QT prolongé, QT augmenté, QT prolongé, ALLONGEMENT DU QT, Intervalle QT prolongé à l'électrocardiogramme
German QT verlaengert, QT-Intervall verlaengert, langes QT, QT erhoeht, QT-VERLAENGERUNG, Elektrokardiogramm QT verlaengert
Portuguese QT longo, Intervalo QT prolongado, QT sumentado, QT prolongado, QT PROLONGADO, Intervalo QT prolongado (ECG)
Spanish QT largo, Intervalo QT alargado, QT aumentado, QT prolongado, Intervalo QT del electrocardiograma prolongado, QT ALARGADO, aumento del intervalo QT, intervalo Q - T prolongado - RETIRADO -, intervalo Q - T aumentado, intervalo Q - T prolongado - RETIRADO - (concepto no activo), intervalo QT prolongado (hallazgo), intervalo QT prolongado
Japanese QT間隔延長, 心電図QT延長, QT延長, QTエンチョウ, QTカンカクエンチョウ, シンデンズQTエンチョウ
Czech QT interval prodloužený, QT prodloužení, Prodloužený QT interval na elektrokardiogramu, Dlouhý QT interval, Prodloužení QT
Hungarian Hosszú QT, QT megnyúlt, Elektrokardiogram QT megnyúlt, QT idő megnyúlt, QT emelkedett
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

You are currently viewing the original '\legacy' version of this website. Internet Explorer 8.0 and older will automatically be redirected to this legacy version.

If you are using a modern web browser, you may instead navigate to the newer desktop version of fpnotebook. Another, mobile version is also available which should function on both newer and older web browsers.

Please Contact Me as you run across problems with any of these versions on the website.

Navigation Tree