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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 3719703, 11 pages
Research Article

Quantitative Assessment of the Physiological Parameters Influencing QT Interval Response to Medication: Application of Computational Intelligence Tools

1Department of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics and Department of Social Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Medyczna 9 Street, 30-688 Kraków, Poland
2Simcyp (a Certara Company) Limited, Blades Enterprise Centre, John Street, Sheffield S2 4SU, UK
3Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Medyczna 9 St, 30-688 Kraków, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Jakub Szlęk

Received 20 September 2017; Accepted 3 December 2017; Published 4 January 2018

Academic Editor: David A. Winkler

Copyright © 2018 Sebastian Polak et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Human heart electrophysiology is complex biological phenomenon, which is indirectly assessed by the measured ECG signal. ECG trace is further analyzed to derive interpretable surrogates including QT interval, QRS complex, PR interval, and T wave morphology. QT interval and its modification are the most commonly used surrogates of the drug triggered arrhythmia, but it is known that the QT interval itself is determined by other nondrug related parameters, physiological and pathological. In the current study, we used the computational intelligence algorithms to analyze correlations between various simulated physiological parameters and QT interval. Terfenadine given concomitantly with 8 enzymatic inhibitors was used as an example. The equation developed with the use of genetic programming technique leads to general reasoning about the changes in the prolonged QT. For small changes of the QT interval, the drug-related IKr and ICa currents inhibition potentials have major impact. The physiological parameters such as body surface area, potassium, sodium, and calcium ions concentrations are negligible. The influence of the physiological variables increases gradually with the more pronounced changes in QT. As the significant QT prolongation is associated with the drugs triggered arrhythmia risk, analysis of the role of physiological parameters influencing ECG seems to be advisable.