Idiopathic short QT interval: A new clinical syndrome?

Ihor Gussak, Pedro Brugada, Josep Brugada, R. Scott Wright, Stephen L. Kopecky, Bernard R. Chaitman, Preben Bjerregaard

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

519 Scopus citations


In this first clinical report of an idiopathic familial persistently short QT interval (QTI), we describe three members of one family (a 17-year-old female, her 21-year-old brother, and their 51-year-old mother) demonstrating this ECG phenomenon, associated in the 17-year-old with several episodes of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation requiring electrical cardioversion. Similar ECG changes seen in an unrelated 37-year-old patient were associated with sudden cardiac death. Our report also describes other manifestations of abnormal shortening of the QTI and considers the possible arrhythmogenic potential of the short QTI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Short QT interval
  • Sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Idiopathic short QT interval: A new clinical syndrome?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this