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A chronobiological study on the relation between heart rate and QT interval duration in newborn infants

, : A chronobiological study on the relation between heart rate and QT interval duration in newborn infants. Chronobiologia 17(3): 195-200

The relation between heart rate and QT interval is the result of the autonomic nervous system control on cardiac function in healthy adults; accordingly, chronobiological studies have shown that adult subjects have circadian rhythms of heart rate (expressed as R-R interval) and QT interval in phase. We have employed chronobiological methods to study heart rate and QT interval relation in 10 newborn infants, who are known to have an immature cardiac control. Findings from this study indicate that not all the newborns show circadian rhythms of heart rate and QT interval and that when both rhythms are present they do not correlate like in the adults. Likely, this lack of relationship between heart rate and QT interval in newborns is due to different maturational stages of the newborns studied. As a practical implication, in newborn infants, mathematical correction of QT interval by heart rate is not a reliable method.


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