Ventricular dyssynchrony assessment using ultra-high frequency ECG technique

Pavel Jurak, Josef Halamek, Jaroslav Meluzin, Filip Plesinger, Tereza Postranecka, Jolana Lipoldova, Miroslav Novak, Vlastimil Vondra, Ivo Viscor, Ladislav Soukup, Petr Klimes, Petr Vesely, Josef Sumbera, Karel Zeman, Roshini S. Asirvatham, Jason Tri, Samuel J. Asirvatham, Pavel Leinveber

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Purpose: The aim of this proof-of-concept study is to introduce new high-dynamic ECG technique with potential to detect temporal-spatial distribution of ventricular electrical depolarization and to assess the level of ventricular dyssynchrony. Methods: 5-kHz 12-lead ECG data was collected. The amplitude envelopes of the QRS were computed in an ultra-high frequency band of 500–1000 Hz and were averaged (UHFQRS). UHFQRS V lead maps were compiled, and numerical descriptor identifying ventricular dyssynchrony (UHFDYS) was detected. Results: An electrical UHFQRS maps describe the ventricular dyssynchrony distribution in resolution of milliseconds and correlate with strain rate results obtained by speckle tracking echocardiography. The effect of biventricular stimulation is demonstrated by the UHFQRS morphology and by the UHFDYS descriptor in selected examples. Conclusions: UHFQRS offers a new and simple technique for assessing electrical activation patterns in ventricular dyssynchrony with a temporal-spatial resolution that cannot be obtained by processing standard surface ECG. The main clinical potential of UHFQRS lies in the identification of differences in electrical activation among CRT candidates and detection of improvements in electrical synchrony in patients with biventricular pacing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Depolarization
  • High-frequency electrocardiography
  • Left bundle branch block
  • Ventricular dyssynchrony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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