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Heart Rhythm. 2010 Nov;7(11):1660-6. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2010.06.035. Epub 2010 Jul 8.

Classification and assessment of computerized diagnostic criteria for Brugada-type electrocardiograms.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Yokohama Minami Kyosai Hospital, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. nisizaki@yhb.att.ne.jp



Although a Brugada-type electrocardiogram (ECG) is occasionally detected in mass health screening examinations in apparently healthy individuals, the automatic computerized diagnostic criteria for Brugada-type ECGs have not been established.


This study was performed to establish the criteria for the computerized diagnosis of Brugada-type ECGs and to evaluate their diagnostic accuracy.


We examined the ECG parameters in leads V1 to V3 in patients with Brugada syndrome and cases with right bundle branch block. Based on the above parameters, we classified the ECGs into 3 types of Brugada-type ECGs, and the conditions for defining each type were explored as the diagnostic criteria. The diagnostic effectiveness of the proposed criteria was assessed using 548 ECGs from 49 cases with Brugada-type ECGs and the recordings from 192,673 cases (36,674 adults and 155,999 school children) obtained from their annual health examinations.


The Brugada-type ST-segment elevation in V1 to V3 was classified into 3 types, types 1, 2/3, and a suggestive Brugada ECG (type S). The automatic diagnostic criteria for each type were established by the J-point amplitude, ST-segment elevation with its amplitude and configuration, as well as the T-wave morphology in leads V1 to V3.


The proposed criteria demonstrated a reasonable accuracy (type 1: 91.9%, type 2/3: 86.2%, type S: 76.2%) for diagnosing Brugada-type ECG in comparison to the macroscopic diagnosis by experienced observers. Moreover, the automatic criteria had a comparable detection rate (0.6% in adults, 0.16% in children) of Brugada-type ECGs to the macroscopic inspection in the health screening examinations.

Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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