Lack of correlation between exercise and sibenadet-induced changes in heart rate corrected measurement of the QT interval

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We sought to investigate subject specific QT interval correction factors (SSCF) determined at rest and after exercise and to determine the validity of these factors after the administration of a probe drug known to increase heart rate without directly affecting cardiac repolarization.


Thirty-two healthy volunteers underwent graded exercise, multiple recordings of electrocardiogram during rest over a day and a treatment phase administering inhaled placebo or sibenadet (a β2-adrenoceptor/dopamine D2-receptor agonist) at 250, 500 or one of 750 or 1000 μg. SSCF were determined from linear regression of plots of log RR interval vs. log QT after exercise (QTcX), rest (QTcR), and combined data (QTcC). The SSCFs along with Bazett & Fridericia corrections were applied to the ECGs after inhalation of sibenadet.


SSCFs obtained from the combination of the exercise and resting day (mean QTcC = 0.41) and exercise alone (mean QTcX = 0.40) were similar with a good fit to the data (mean r2 = 0.92 and 0.93, respectively) while data at rest resulted in a less pronounced slope (mean QTcR = 0.27) and poorer fit (mean r2 = 0.52). After the administration of sibenadet, none of the SSCFs, Bazett or Fridericia corrections adequately corrected QT for heart rate induced changes.


Neither a SSCF from exercise, Bazett's or Fridericia's correction factors, adequately corrected the QT interval after the administration of a sympathomimetic agonist drug to increase heart rate in healthy volunteers demonstrating the potential need for QT/RR correction factors to be tailored for each drug studied.

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