Short-duration spaceflight does not prolong QTc intervals in male astronauts. Academic Article uri icon


  • Although ventricular dysrhythmias are not increased during, and QTc intervals are not prolonged after, short-duration (5 to 16 days) spaceflights, QTc intervals have not previously been reported during these shorter flights. Holter monitor recordings, obtained in 11 male astronauts who flew on shuttle missions ranging from 5 to 10 days, showed that QTc intervals did not change significantly 10 days before launch, on 2 separate days of spaceflight, and 2 days after landing. Taken together, these data and our previous report show that QTc interval prolongation occurs sometime between the 9th and 30th days of spaceflight.

published proceedings

  • Am J Cardiol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Mitchell, B. M., & Meck, J. V.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Mitchell, Brett M||Meck, Janice V

publication date

  • January 2004