Long QT syndrome (or LQTS) is a heart rhythm disorder named for the way it affects the heart’s electrical activity during an electrocardiogram (or EKG). When the heart beat is recorded it beats in a characteristic P, Q, R, S and T pattern. Individuals affected by LQST have a distinctive duration between the Q and the T heartbeat intervals.
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The majority of individuals affected by LQTS (1 in 5,000) are born with the genetic defect. However, taking certain medications can cause long QT syndrome later in life. Luckily, once detected, long QT syndrome can be controlled by a combination of medication and/or a surgical implant to keep the heart beating normally.
Here are the ten telltale symptoms of long QT syndrome…