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A 27 year old woman died suddenly after her alarm clock frightened her. The cause of her death was determined to be undiagnosed Long QT Syndrome. Most sufferers have no symptoms of their condition. Long QT syndrome is hereditary and if one family member has it, the whole family should be screened. Long QT syndrome can cause the heart to beat abnormally fast resulting in a deprivation of blood to the brain followed by unconsciousness and sudden death. The condition can be treated with drugs or by implanting a defibrillator which shocks the heart into action during cardiac arrest. Many deaths attributed to epilepsy or unknown or natural causes may actually be caused by cardiac conditions.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by BBC News
About: Greater awareness needed of cardiac conditions that can cause sudden death
Date: 28 January 2005
Source: BBC News
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