Quick Truth Check: Understanding QTc Prolongation with Antidepressants and Antipsychotics and Making an Informed Choice for Older Adults.
• Review fundamentals of cardiac conduction, pathophysiology, risk factors and measurement of QTc prolongation.
• Discuss evidence around individual antidepressants and antipsychotics and their risks of QTc prolongation and subsequent Torsades De Pointes.
• Discuss an evidence-based, pharmacological informed approach to choosing antidepressants and antipsychotics in older adults at risk of Torsades De Pointes.
DR. SAUMIL DHOLAKIA, MBBS, MD, PGD, MHSc
Saumil Dholakia is a clinical fellow in Geriatric Psychopharmacology and Geriatric Psychiatry at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McMaster University and GeriMedRisk. Previously, Saumil has worked as a consultant psychiatrist for 10 years with Christian Medical College, Vellore. He is a Bioethicist with a Post-graduate Diploma from Bharathiar University Coimbatore and a Master’s degree from the Joint Center of Bioethics, University of Toronto. His areas of interests are pharmacogenomics in older adults, pharmacologically informed clinical decision-making, deprescribing ethics and MAiD in people with Dementia.
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