Long QT Syndrome

Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause an irregular heartbeat. In some cases, the heart may beat erratically for so long that can cause sudden death.

LQTS is usually inherited from a family with a history of the disease or because of taking certain drugs that cause a person more susceptible to heart rhythm disturbances.

Many people with LQTS have no signs or symptoms and only just aware after performing electrocardiogram (ECG) because of a family history or because of genetic test results. But some people with LQTS have symptoms such as beating heart, seizures up to frequently passed out.

Treatment for LQTS can be medication or surgical procedures. Drugs used to treat LQTS such beta blockers, Mexiletine, potassium, and fish oil. While the surgical procedure is a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and surgery on the left cardiac sympathetic denervation.

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