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British researchers claim that pacemakers could prevent sudden unexplained death in epilepsy patients. Sudden death in epileptics occurs in 1 in 1,000 people. A study on 20 epileptics found that some of them had extremely fast heartbeats during a seizure but others had extremely slow heartbeats and some even had their heart stop briefly. The slow or stopping heart beat could prove fatal so those that had the condition had a pacemaker inserted. Thus, undiagnosed heart rhythm problems may be the cause of sudden unexplained epileptic deaths. Researchers claim that more research on this needs to be done, using larger groups of subjects.
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About: Some epileptics appear to suffer from potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities during seizures
Date: 17 December 2004
Source: WebMD Medical News
Author: Miranda Hitti
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