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A five year old girl was misdiagnosed with epilepsy after she suffered several blackouts. Another doctor finally correctly diagnosed her with the rare heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. She then received a pacemaker and defibrillator which prevent her heart from stopping. Medication has also stopped the blackouts. Her brother was also checked for the condition and found to have it even though he had no symptoms. Some doctors are becoming increasingly aware of the misdiagnosis of heart problems associated with fainting with one specialist claiming that roughly 100,000 people who suffer fainting spells actually have heart problems.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Salford Advertiser - UK
About: Many people suffering from fainting spells may actually have heart conditions
Date: 2 December 2004
Source: Salford Advertiser - UK
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