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Medicine For Long Qt Syndrome
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
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
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
Does midodrine cause long qt syndrome in normal people? My ECG was fine just wondered if it can cause it ever in me. Male 22.
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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?
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
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
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
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
I am taking Nadolol for my Long QT Syndrome. What exactly does that medicine do? My doctor never explained to me.
Protection: You must have the type of Long QT syndrome (type1) that the risk of a serious and potentially fatal arrhythmia can be triggered by bouts of emotional stress or by exercise . This can be prevented by beta blockers. Beta blockers block the surge of adrenaline that occurs with those 2 conditions ...Read more
I'm somewhat worried about starting celexa (citalopram). I'm only going to be on 20 mg, but I'm worried about drug induced long qt syndrome? Ive had a EKG and echo
Stop worrying: The risk is extremely low. The fact that you worry over something so unlikely proves you need to take the med. ...Read more
Yes: Shouldn't be a problem for the long qt issue. ...Read more
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
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?
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
A genetic disorder..: That can lead to serious arrhythmias. There are several varieties of this, all leading to an abnormality of the ECG that predisposes a person to serious cardiac arrhythmias. A cardiologist , and especially a cardiac electophysiologist, can guide you as to whether any therapy is needed. ...Read more
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
Genetics and drugs: there several of genetic variations of the long-QT syndrome and testing is available for some, though often not necessary. Unfortunately many drugs/medicines can cause QT prolongation as well. Depending on the severity, treatment maybe needed. I would advise consulting doc. Good luck ...Read more
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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Long QT genetics: Long QT syndrome type 2 is generally inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, which is to say that an individual offspring of an affected parent would have a 50% chance of carrying the same gene and being affected. If you have LQTS you should see a cardiologist with expertise in genetic medicine; a genetic counsellor is another good resource to learn more about implications for reproduction. ...Read more
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
L: Yes possible especially if you have it in the family. Tests like ECG, exercise test, holter, genetic test are used for diagnosis , you need to go to an electrophysiologist ...Read more