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How likely is long qt syndrome to kill me?

How likely is long qt syndrome to kill me?

Unlikely but: You should have regular cardiology follow up and follow all recommended precautions. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Long Qt Syndrome (Definition)

A heart-rhythm condition that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. These rapid heartbeats might trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure. In some cases, the heart can beat erratically for so long that ...Read more


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Need doctor's help! will long qt syndrome kill you?

Need doctor's help! will long qt syndrome kill you?

It can: Long qt is one of the most common causes of "sudden death" especially in the young. Caution is needed though; just because an ekg says "long qt" doesn't mean you have the dangerous (and genetic) "long qt syndrome." a competent electrophysiologist and potentially genetic testing are needed here. ...Read more

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When you have long qt syndrome is medication necessary?

When you have long qt syndrome is medication necessary?

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. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about long qt syndrome?

See your doctor: A visit with your primary care physician or a referral to your cardiologist is the best place to get your question answered. ...Read more

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My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

See below: Long qt syndrome (lqts) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause rapid heartbeats which may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure and in some cases, death.

You can be born with a genetic mutation that puts you at risk of long qt syndrome. In addition, certain medications and medical conditions may cause this, however it is treatable. ...Read more

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My brother has long qt syndrome. How great is my (and my kid's) risk of having it also?

50%: Lqts is due to a genetic abnormality of one of the channels that moves electrolytes across the cell membrane of heart muscle cells. These defects typically are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. It is possible that your brother has a de novo mutation. If your brother inherited lqts from one of your parents, though, you have a 50% risk. Your son's risks are dependent on your status. ...Read more

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What part of heart does "long qt syndrome" affect?

What part of  heart does "long qt syndrome" affect?

Electrical system: Long qt is a genetic syndrome that causes abnormal behavior of the ion channels in the cardiac muscle, which alters the electrical behavior of the heart. This can make people prone to dangerous arrhythmias, which may progress to cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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I recently read about several heart disorders that can go undiagnosed (such as long QT syndrome) and can cause sudden death. Why aren't all people screened for this?

I recently read about several heart disorders that can go undiagnosed (such as long QT syndrome) and can cause sudden death. Why aren't all people screened for this?

All ?????????: If during a regular checkup your family history reveals any relative with sudden or unexplained death they would be. Rare things rarely happen. We don't do whole body MRI's and daily blood tests either because the pickup rate for a treatable condition would be so small, the cost per pickup is prohibitive. The waste of personnel & equipment time would divert them from patients with real need. ...Read more

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I have long qt syndrome. I'm getting a lot of chest pain with my heart skipping a beat & stopping & starting with a bang. Is this right?

See a Cardiology : I am assuming you have a congenital form not a drug induced form of lqts. I will be worry with the symptoms u r describing. Don't know much about you and a better history and physical need to be done. But, avoid strong physical activities and see your cardiology soon. Above symptoms can be an early sign of a more potentially bad arrhythmia. There are medications and even surgeries to correct it. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: long qt syndrome?

Sudden death...: Romano-ward, without congenital deafness and jervell-lange-nielsen, with deafness. Both refer to a delay in the repolarization time of the cardiac cycle, when there is a "vulnerable" period. The time between the q wave and the t wave. A premature beat, which are common, in this period can cause deadly arrhythmias, like torsades de pointes. Tdp occurs when heart rate increases, consult cardiolog. ...Read more

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Long qt syndrome type 5--what are the treatments?

AICD: Type 5 lqt is due to decrease function of the potassium channel involved in the generation of the slow potassium current . It is uncommon present in 1% of the total cases of lqt . This involve mutation of the protein called mink in the beta subunit of the potassium channel there is no treatment other than a cardiodefibriilator. ...Read more

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How long does your qt interval how to be to be considered long qt syndrome ?

Long QT Synd. (LQTS): A normal QT interval, corrected for heart rate (QTc), is 500ms, but can rarely fall into the normal range. Medications may change QT. See heart rhythm specialist. Call 911 if pass out. ...Read more

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Is long qt syndrome a reason that I could be medically discharged from the marines?

Is long qt syndrome a reason that I could be medically discharged from the marines?

Cardiologist needed: This runs in families and needs confirmation from a cardiologist, not just a machine reading or a gmo reading. If the diagnosis is confirmed, your family will need to be checked too, most likely is a misreading by a pa or family practice doc, get a second opinion before accepting discharge. ...Read more

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Going to see ep dr for possible long qt syndrome I am taking celexa (citalopram) (10 years) which is a drug to avoid for lqts what can I do until appt to avoid sca?

Going to see ep dr for possible long qt syndrome I am taking celexa (citalopram) (10 years) which is a drug to avoid for lqts what can I do until appt to avoid sca?

More information: Much more information is necessary to be able to answer your question. 1) do you need the celexa (citalopram)? 2) is there a history of any ventricular arrhythmia or possible ventricular arrhythmia? For instance, have you ever had syncope (fainting)? 3) is there a family history of sudden cardiac death? 4) do they think you have long qt syndrome, or just a long qt interval on an ecg? Good luck. ...Read more

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How is long QT syndrome diagnosed?

Long QT syndrom: read this for info:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/long-qt-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20025388

Get a more detailed answer ›
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Prognosis or statistics about long qt syndrome?

Very complicated: Way beyond the scope of 400 characters. Here's a reference for a good background article:
http://ccjm.Org/content/75/8/591.Full.Pdf+html?Sid=b522ed4d-76e6-4678-a3aa-48b6661fabc8

books are written to answer your question. ...Read more

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Can a person with long qt syndrome die suddenly?

Can a person with long qt syndrome die suddenly?

Yes: It is possible. Sudden cardiac death in setting in absence of obvious cause usually have history of long qt. ...Read more

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Can I get disability if I have long qt syndrome?

Can I get disability if I have long qt syndrome?

Why?: How is this disabiling you? Is there a cause, ie genetic or a medication? If this is not allowing you to make a living, i suppose it is possible - however not likely. ...Read more

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Is "long qt syndrome" very common among teenage athletes?

Is "long qt syndrome" very common among teenage athletes?

No: Prolonged qt syndrome is not very common just because there is no recommendation to screen general population for it. Athletes with it appear to be at high risk for death because of increased stress on the heart during sports and exercise. ...Read more

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Psychoactive for long qt syndrome, what does that mean?

Effect of meds: Several psychoactive medications can cause long QT syndrome. The significance of this is that this can be related to a dangerous irregular heart rhythm called "torsade de pointes", a polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. ...Read more

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How do the symptoms differ in anxiety vs long qt syndrome?

How do the symptoms differ in anxiety vs long qt syndrome?

See MD: Prolonged qt is a rare, but very serious medical disorder. Symptoms can be dizziness, lightheadedness and passing out. Anxiety symptoms can be similar, but increased heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, etc. Anyone having symptoms like these should see their doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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My brother has long qt syndrome which has caused him to faint a fem times. Can I have long qt syndrome and never have any symptoms?

Yes: If your brother has been formally diagnosed, you should be screened. An ECG can typically make the diagnosis. If a gene was identified in your brother you should be tested to see if you have it as well.

Unfortunately, sometimes the first symptom can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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I have long qt syndrome and asthma. I need a rescue inhaler. Which one has been used most on people like me?

I have long qt syndrome and asthma. I need a rescue inhaler. Which one has been used most on people like me?

Talk to your Doc: Long qt syndrome and asthma pose some unique challenges. If one has both these syndromes then follow up is needed with both an allergist and cardiologist. ...Read more

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If someone has long qt syndrome is the conditions visible all the time on an ecg? Or only during an episode?

Not always: The qt interval is usually but not always prolonged. Certain drugs and electrolyte abnormalities may cause prolongation of the qt interval. ...Read more

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I've just been told I have an etopic beat but i also have long qt syndrome. Is the two together a problem? I forgot to ask the doctor.

Which long QT syn.?: Long qt syndrome can lead to dangerous, even fatal cardiac arrhythmias. There are two congenital types, romano-ward and jervel-lang-nielsen. When ectopic beats come early in the cycle, they can trigger polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, or torsades de pointes. Tdp occurs at higher heart rates, unlike other forms of long qt syndromes. You need to see an electrophysiologist, asap! ...Read more