Aspects of Left Ventricular Morphology Outperform Left Ventricular Mass for Prediction of QRS Duration

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Methods: The study population of healthy adult volunteers was divided into a sample for development of a prediction model (n = 63) and a testing sample (n = 30). Magnetic resonance imaging data were used to assess anatomical characteristics of the left ventricle: the angle between papillary muscles (PMA), the length of the left ventricle (LVL) and left ventricular mass (LVM). Twelve-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) was used for measurement of the QRS duration. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to develop a prediction model to estimate the QRS duration. The accuracy of the prediction model was assessed by comparing predicted with measured QRS duration in the test set. Results: The angle between PMA and the length of the LVL were statistically significant predictors of QRS duration. Correlation between QRS duration and PMA and LVL was r = 0.57, P = 0.0001 and r = 0.45, P = 0.0002, respectively. The final model for prediction of the QRS was: QRS(Predicted) = 97 + (0.35 x LVL) - (0.45 x PMA). The predicted and real QRS duration differed with median 1 ms. Conclusions: The model for prediction of QRS duration opens the ability to predict case-specific normal QRS duration. This knowledge can have clinical importance, when determining the normality on case-specific basis. Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol 2010;15(2):124-129.


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  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • papillary muscles, QRS duration, prediction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-129
JournalAnnals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch