Can hemodialysis change QRS axis in patients without cardiovascular disease? [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. Ahead of Print: TKDA-37666 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2018.37666

Can hemodialysis change QRS axis in patients without cardiovascular disease?

Ahmet Korkmaz1, Abdulkadir Yıldız2, Harun Kundi1, Funda Başyigit1, Havva Tugba Gürsoy1, Özgül Ucar Elalmıs1, Abdurrahman Akyüz3, Mehmet İleri1, Ümit Güray1
1Ankara Numune Training And Research Hospital,Cardiology Clinic, Ankara
2Private Anadolu Hospital, Cardiology Clinic,Kastamonu
3Gazi Yaşargil Training And Research Hospital,Cardiology Clinic, Diyarbakır

Due to rapid changes in volume and electrolyte concentration following hemodialysis, some electrocardiographic (ECG) changes or arrhythmias can be seen. This study aims to assess electrocardiographic (ECG) QRS axis changes and other ECG parameters after the hemodialysis (HD) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Patients with sinus rhythm and undergoing chronic HD treatment without cardiovascular disease were included to the study. Blood samples, 12-lead electrocardiograms, and echocardiograms were recorded immediately before and at the end of the HD session. The QRS axis and other electrocardiographic, echocardiographic, electrolyte parameters, and volume changes were analyzed.

Fourty-six individuals(65% male) with mean age 52 ± 15 years were enrolled the study. Serum urea, creatinine, potassium and BNP concentrations significantly decreased after HD and serum calcium levels significantly increased after HD. The body weight significantly decreased after HD. There was no significant difference in the QRS duration, PR interval, P wave axis, QRS axis, QT and QTc interval with HD. Based on the comparison of variables according to the any QRS axis change after hemodialysis, there was no significant difference in biochemical values, HD time, ultrafiltration volume, left ventricular ejection fraction, and other echocardiographic findings.

As ESRD and HD are complex and dynamic processes, and the change in the QRS axis is rarely emphasized in these patients. In our study, there was not significant change the QRS axis with HD in patients without cardiovascular disease.

Keywords: End-stage renal disease, Hemodialysis, QRS axis

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Corresponding Author: Ahmet Korkmaz, Türkiye
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