QT prolongation

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Prolongation of the electrocardiogram QT interval.



  • women are predisposed to QT prolongation
  • the QT interval is generally longer in women than men[3]

Diagnostic procedures



  • avoid or discontinue pharmaceutical agents that prolong the QT interval

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