n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Carvedilol offers women with heart problems the same clinical benefits as men : drug trends in cardiology

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1680-0745



Extracted from text ... This woman presented with acute pancreatitis and an ECG showing a markedly long QT interval. The time between the onset of the QRS and beginning of the T wave (Q0T interval) is prolonged and the T wave may be a combination of T + U waves. The electrolyte derangement of hypokalemia (2.7) and hypocalcemia (7) caused a long QT interval and resulted in a lengthy run of irregular polymorphic V.T. (torsades de pointes). Other causes of long QT that can result in torsades include: 1. Anti-arrhythmic drugs 2. Psychotropic drugs 3. Antihistamines, e.g. Seldane (OTM) 4. Antibiotics 5. GI drugs, ..

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