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Dr. Warren Foster
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Long Qt Syndrome (Overview)

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 it causes sudden death.


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What is long qt syndrome?

What is long qt syndrome?

Heart rhythm problem: Long qt syndrome (lqts) is a congenital disorder of the heart's electrical activity that is characterized by prolongation of the qt interval (delayed repolarization) on an electrocardiogram. Delayed repolarization of the heart following a heartbeat increases the risk for sudden, uncontrollable, dangerous heart rhythm disturbances in response to exercise or stress. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Long Qt Syndrome (Overview)

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 it causes sudden death.


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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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I have long qt syndrome & an etopic beat, i get a lot of chest pain & pressure in my chest. Is this a bad sign? My gp won't refer me to cardiologist.

I have long qt syndrome & an etopic beat, i get a lot  of chest pain & pressure in my chest. Is this a bad sign? My gp won't refer me to cardiologist.

Cardiologist: Long qt syndrome is a risk factor for arrhythmias, and if you are also experiencing chest pain/pressure you do need to see a cardiologist. You need an ecg, echocardiogram, blood tests for electrolytes and thyroid function, and a holter monitor to start the work-up. Further testing such as electrophysiologic study (eps) would be at the discretion of the cardiologist. ...Read more

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If i get an ECG test for long qt syndrome will i know the result the same day?

If i get an ECG test for long qt syndrome will i know the result the same day?

Possibly: The ECG machine will automatically interpret the QT interval, but can be mislead. If there's any doubt, you may have to wait a day or two for the official interpretation by a cardiologist or heart rhythm (EP) doctor. Finally, the test must be taken in context with history & other tests, so reassurance may not occur until further discussion with your doctor. Call 911 if passing out spells. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics and heart meds cause long qt syndrome?

Do antibiotics and heart meds cause long qt syndrome?

Secondary Long QT: Both can. Several antibiotics and antiarrhythmic medications, and other medications, can prolong the qt interval on the ECG increasing the risk for certain, potetially life threatening, heart rhythms. Secondary long qt (from meds) can be made worse when taking certain heart medications (antiarrhythmics) and then adding antibiotics to the mix. Ask md if new medications are ok to add. ...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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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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How is treatment of long qt syndrome different from treatment of arrhythmias?

May be same: Long qt syndrome is a spectrum of genetic conditions that result from gene mutations affecting how electrolytes are handled in heart muscle cells( there are >8 types of these ) . Most of these mutations predispose to potentially life threating arhrythmias occuring with mild provocation. Some of these may be preventable with arrhythmia medications and some require electrical cardioversion (icd). ...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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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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If I have a genetic mutation for long qt syndrome, but no symptoms can I be sure never to get any in the future?

If I have a genetic mutation for long qt syndrome, but no symptoms can I be sure never to get any in the future?

Long qt: no you can not be and your 1.st degree relatives should be checked as well. I am an expert in the field. You can consult me or one of us if you need more detailed info. www.healthtap.com/volkantuzcu ...Read more

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