AbstractRight ventricular pacing often results in prolonged QRS duration (QRSd) as the result of right ventricular stimulation, and atrial fibrillation (AF) may result. The association of pacing-induced prolonged QRSd and AF in patients with permanent pacemakers is unknown.We selected 180 consecutive patients who underwent pacemaker implantation for complete/advanced atrioventricular block. All of the patients were paced from the right ventricular septum. Electrocardiography recordings were obtained at the beginning and the end of pacemaker implantation. QRSd was measured in all 12 leads. The QRSd variation was calculated by subtracting the preimplantation QRSd from the postimplantation QRSd.The occurrence of AF was observed in 64 (35.56%) patients (follow-up 33.62 ± 21.47 mo). No significant differences in preimplantation QRSd were observed between the AF occurrence and nonoccurrence groups. The QRSd variation in leads V4 (54.22 ± 29.03 vs 42.66 ± 33.79 ms, P = .022), and V6 (64.62 ± 23.16 vs 48.45 ± 34.40 ms, P = .001) differed significantly between the occurrence and nonoccurrence groups. More QRSd variation in lead V6 (P = .005, HR = 1.822, 95% CI 1.174–2.718, interval scale of QRSd was 40 ms) and left atrial diameter (P = .045, HR = 1.042, 95% CI 1.001–1.086) were independent risk factors for AF occurrence. Receiver operating characteristic curve suggested that QRSd variation in lead V6 could predict AF occurrence, especially for patients with long preimplantation QRSd (≥120 ms, area under the curve was 0.826, 95% CI 0.685–0.967).QRSd variation in lead V6 might be positively correlated with postimplantation AF occurrence. In patients with pacemaker implantation, QRSd could be a complementary criterion for optimizing the right ventricular septal pacing site, and smallest QRSd might be worth pursuing.
Medicine – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Feb 1, 2018
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera