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Date:6/10/2008

zyme [ACE] inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers [ARBs]," wrote the researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

"Measurement of the QRS duration on an ECG has significant advantages as a tool in the clinical setting. It is relatively inexpensive, simple to perform, and yields an instant result. The measurement is objective and does not require specialized training to interpret. In addition, the QRS duration is stable in the majority of patients during the course of their hospitalization. Perhaps most important, a prolonged QRS duration becomes a potential target for intervention [with existing therapy], which may improve post-discharge mortality and morbidity," the researchers wrote.

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SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, June 10, 2008


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