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Re: Good source of info

Re: Good source of info

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Posted by Julie on September 07, 2000 at 20:35:14:

In Reply to: Re: Good source of info posted by baja200 on September 07, 2000 at 19:05:26:

: : Can someone who is healthy still get a heart attack from something other than the usual things? Maybe like just a bad heart. Thanks for any inf.

: There's something called long qt syndrome that kills people by heart attacks pretty quietly and suddenly. It's not like coronary artery disease where you can judge by how bad you eat or something like that. It's a problem with the heart itself. Speaking of coronary artery, there's a site called www.dna.com that will have a doctor to chat about it on 9/13. The site also has more info about long qt syndrome too. I don't think it's very common but if you have dizziness or fainting you can't explain then you should go to your doctor.


Hi,
The Long QT Syndrome is now known to be not as rare as first thought, its more of a missed or an underdiagnosed condition, its thought to be 1 in 5,000 chance of having this now, compared to about 4 years ago when we were told its so rare that it was then thought to be a 1 in a million chance of having it.
The heart iteslf is perfectly normal to view and so will not show up on autopsy results, but the problem lies with the electrical activity of the heart thats at fault.
With correct diagnosis and treatment for long qt syndrome the outlook is very good, but it is very important to be tested by an expert cardiologist/electrophysiologist if you suspect you may have this.
Its also mainly genetic so if one person in a family is found to have it, then others have a 50% chance of having it also.The extended family should be screened also if someone is diagnosed to have it.
Best wishes.



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