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Greater awareness needed of cardiac conditions that can cause sudden death

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.

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About: Greater awareness needed of cardiac conditions that can cause sudden death

Date: 28 January 2005

Source: BBC News


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