Holter monitoring has been used extensively for the detection, diagnosis, and evaluation of therapy for cardiac arrhythmias. The availability of three-channel monitors allows for the recording of vectorcardiographic leads X, Y, and Z. One method, which was recently described by Dower et al., (J Electrocardiol 1988;21:5182-5187), uses modified vectorcardiographic leads and allows for the acquisition of a derived 12-lead ECG of selected rhythm strips during the recording. In the present study, we evaluated the usefulness of the derived 12-lead ECG in the detection of P-wave and ST-segment shifts, assessment of QRST changes, and distinction between ventricular ectopic and aberrant supraventricular complexes. Our preliminary findings indicate that careful analysis of the derived 12-lead ECG provides additional information for a more accurate diagnosis of arrhythmias that are detected by the Holter monitor. The clinical importance and cost-effectiveness of the derived 12-lead ECG needs further evaluation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine