Standardization of QRS Duration Measurement and LBBB Criteria in CRT Trials and Clinical Practice

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Abstract

Based on the clinical trials so far, there is a major controversy regarding the benefit of CRT in patients with QRS≤150 milliseconds. Some studies have shown that a fair number of patients with QRS ≤150 milliseconds benefit from CRT and it is needless to say that careful attention should be paid to CRT non-responders considering the risk of complications and cost-benefit ratio. Lack of uniformity in QRS measurement in all these trials could have a major influence on variable study outcomes. This is of concern because when the QRS is close to 120 milliseconds in patients with NYHA class III/IV symptoms or QRS close to 150 milliseconds in NYHA class I/II patients, the decision to recommend CRT implantation or undertake further risk stratification investigations is critically dependent on the EKG interpretation. In this paper we intent to raise the important question for need of standardized electrocardiographic criteria (QRS measurement and LBBB) in patients enrolled in CRT trials considering the variability in study results, high rates of CRT non response in the eligible population and the associated health care cost burden.

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