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Long QT Syndrome

Long QT Syndrome - Treatments

Studies have shown that if left untreated, more than 50 per cent of people with inherited Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) die within 10 years.

To manage LQTS, patients are advised to avoid competitive sports. Treatment includes the following:

Medication: Drugs like beta-blockers slow the heart rate by blunting the heart’s reaction to adrenaline in times of stress, fear or exertion, making dangerous rhythms in a patient with LQTS less likely.

Medical procedures: The only way to prevent deaths in LQTS patients is to get an automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator implanted in their bodies.

The device is implanted under the skin of the patient’s chest, where it continuously monitors his heartbeat. It will deliver electrical shocks to restore a normal heart rhythm when necessary. However, this does not cure or correct the underlying cause of the condition.

Long QT Syndrome - Preparing for surgery

Long QT Syndrome - Post-surgery care

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