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Can orthogonal lead indicators of propensity to atrial fibrillation be accurately assessed from the 12-lead ECG?

Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 39-48
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Europace
Volym: 7
Nummer: Suppl 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Oxford University Press


Aims: When analyzing P-wave morphology, the vectorcardiogram(VCG) has been shown useful to identify indicators of propensity to atrial fibrillation (AF). Since VCG is rarely used in the clinical routine, we wanted to investigate if these indicators could be accurately determined in VCG derived from standard 12-lead ECG (dVCG).Methods: ECG and VCG recordings from 21 healthy subjects and 20 patients with a history of AF were studied. dVCG was calculated from ECG using the inverse Dower transform. Following signal averaging of P-waves, comparisons were madebetween VCG and dVCG, where three parameters characterizing signal shape and 15 parameters describing the P-wave morphology were used to assess the compatibility of the two recording techniques. The latter parameters were alsoused to compare the healthy and the AF groups.Results: After transformation, P-wave shape was convincingly preserved. P-wave morphology parameters were consistent within the respective groups when comparing VCG and dVCG, with better preservation observed in the healthy group.Conclusion VCG derived from routine 12-lead ECG may be a useful alternate method for studying orthogonal P-wave morphology.


  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • inverse Dower transform
  • orthogonal VCG
  • P-wave
  • 12-lead ECG


  • ISSN: 1532-2092

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