Use of Drugs Prolonging QT Interval in Patients at the Time of Admission to Geriatric Department
Peter Mikus, Stefan Krajcik* and Peter Ciutti
Geriatric Department, Slovak Medical University, Krajinska 9182556, Bratislava, Slovakia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Stefan Krajcik
Geriatric Department, Slovak Medical University
Krajinska 9182556, Bratislava, Slovakia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: April 27, 2017; Accepted Date: May 13, 2017; Published Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: Mikus P, Krajcik S, Ciutti P (2017) Use of Drugs Prolonging QT Interval in Patients at the Time of Admission to Geriatric Department. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 6:424. doi: 10.4172/2167-7182.1000424
Copyright: © 2017 Mikus P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The usage of drugs prolonging QT interval is common issue in old age. They were used by 67.5% of patients being admitted to geriatric department. Use of these drugs was associated with a higher 3-month mortality rate (36.6% versus 16.7%). This mortality rate was significantly higher in patients using 3 and more of these drugs. Patients, who did not survive 3 months used QT interval prolonging drugs significantly more often (83.3 % versus 67. 5%).The most frequently used group of drugs were diuretics used by 36% of patients. The most often used drug was furosemide, used by 32.5% of patients. The second most used group were antipsychotic drugs which were used by 24% of patients. The second most frequently used medicament was pantoprazole used by 22.5% patients. Antidepressants were used by 15.4% of patients. The most often used antidepressant was citalopram, which belongs to drugs with a high risk of QT interval prolongation. It was used by 6.1% of patients.