Earlier onset of QRS in anterior precordial ECG leads: precision of time interval measurements.
Onset of QRS was compared between simultaneously recorded conventional ECG leads in 84 subjects with clinically normal hearts from a defined population sample. Mean onset of QRS was 6.4 msec earlier in lead V1 and 7.4 msec earlier in V2 than in lead II. These differences were statistically significant. The measuring system was adapted from drafting techniques and took into account variations in paper speed which occurred during recording. Interobserver differences equivalent to greater than 1 msec occurred in 3.9% of timeline measurements, but in in 38% of QRS onset measurements. The lower precision in measuring QRS onset may be attributed to baseline oscillations and to the relatively slow rate of voltage change at the onset of ventricular depolarization.
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