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A 40-year-old member asked:

when you have long qt syndrome is medication necessary?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
No: Mefication is usually not required but if you have a history of syncope this needs evaluation asap with a cardiologist. Some medications prolong qt and those should possibly be stopped.
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Long qt: Most of the time yes , an electrophysiologist should assess and decide

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A 28-year-old member asked:

How likely is long qt syndrome to kill me?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Not super likely: Long qt syndrome (lqts) is a congenital heart defect that may result in syncope and lead to sudden cardiac death, which usually occurs in otherwise healthy young individuals. Lqts is thought to cause about 4000 deaths in the United States each year. The chance of someone dying from this is approximately 6% by the age of 40 years. (from medscape's emedicine).
A 42-year-old member asked:

What's a natural way to treat long qt syndrome?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Talk to doctor: The american heart association and american college of cardiology have made recommendations for the treatment of patients with long qt syndrome. This condition is often managed jointly by a cardiologist and electrophysiologist. Thus, discussion of any therapies for this condition that might deviate from standard practice could warrant an informed discussion between patient and providers.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Does anyone young have long qt syndrome like me?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Yes: There are young people who have long qt syndrome, so you are not alone.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How is treatment of long qt syndrome different from treatment of arrhythmias?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
More focused: Long qt syndrome, especially if famiial or genetic, has grave inplications vis a vis risk of sudden cardiac death from high grade ventricular arrhythmias. More routine arrhythmias run the gamet from equally serious to simply benign or bothersome, often not requiring treatment or simpler agents. Long qt syndrome may require potent agents with major adverse effects, or an implantable defibrillator.
A 31-year-old member asked:

When you have long qt syndrome diagnosed, do you always have to start medican for it?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Talk to cardiologist: This is an area that is constantly evolving. The answer to this is complex, an requires an informed discussion with your cardiologist and possibly even an electrophysiologist. A short answer would do a disservice to the complexity that is involved here. Most patients with long qt syndrome receive medication and some require an internal defibrillator.

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