Baseline fragmented QRS increases the risk of major arrhythmic events in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Systematic review and meta-analysis.


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BACKGROUND:Fragmented QRS reflects disturbances in the myocardium predisposing the heart to ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Recent studies suggest that fragmented QRS (fQRS) is associated with worse major arrhythmic events in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). However, a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature has not been done. We assessed the association between fQRS and major arrhythmic events in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis. METHODS:We comprehensively searched the databases of MEDLINE and EMBASE from inception to May 2017. Included studies were published prospective or retrospective cohort studies that compared major arrhythmic events (sustained ventricular tachycardia, sudden cardiac arrest, or sudden cardiac death) in HCM with fQRS versus non-fQRS. Data from each study were combined using the random-effects, generic inverse variance method of DerSimonian and Laird to calculate risk ratios and 95% confidence intervals. RESULTS:Five studies from January 2013 to May 2017 were included in this meta-analysis involving 673 subjects with HCM (205 fQRS and 468 non-fQRS). Fragmented QRS was associated with major arrhythmic events (pooled risk ratio = 7.29, 95% confidence interval: 4.00-13.29, p < .01, I2  = 0%). CONCLUSION:Baseline fQRS increased major arrhythmic events up to sevenfold. Our study suggests that fQRS could be an important tool for risk assessment in patients with HCM.

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Cited Authors

  • Rattanawong, P; Riangwiwat, T; Kanitsoraphan, C; Chongsathidkiet, P; Kanjanahattakij, N; Vutthikraivit, W; Chung, EH

Published Date

  • July 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 4

Start / End Page

  • e12533 -

PubMed ID

  • 29363882

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29363882

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1542-474X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1082-720X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/anec.12533


  • eng