Pulse wave and Long QT Syndrome

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Submitted by Dr T on March 31, 2011 – 9:57am

Thanks for all of the good information that you are providing to us about various heart related conditions. Would a radial pulse waveform (audio recording presented graphically) be a close enough representation of an ecg to imply the possibility of long qt syndrome if all of the necessary points appear to be present? I guess, would it be close enough to ask a doctor about if he doesn’t have any significant findings after wearing a holter monit

Absolutely not! Long QT syndrome requires an EKG tracing that represents the electrical activities of the heart. Your pulse wave is the result of the pumping action of your heart, as well as the elasticity of the arterial system and the resistance/viscosity of your blood. Two entirely different issues! You need an EKG!
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