Long QT Syndrome is a condition that can cause the heart to beat fast. These fast heartbeat can cause the patient to faint or have a seizure. In severe cases the rapid heartbeats can be fatal and cause death. This syndrome can be inherited or acquired.
HOW IS LONG QT SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is done during a regular health check-up by a general physician. An electrocardiogram may be suggested to you if you have a family history of Long QT Syndrome. A non-exercise stress test, genetic testing and holter monitor test may also be done to confirm the condition.
HOW IS LONG QT SYNDROME TREATED?
Medications such as fish oil supplements and beta blockers can help to prevent the heart for beating too fast. Devices such as a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator can help to control the beating of the heart. For patients with mild symptoms of this disorder lifestyle changes would be advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
Long QT Syndrome is a high risk disease that could be potentially fatal and is usually seen in very aged people and also mostly in women, as compared to men.