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What You Need To Know About Long QT Syndrome And Your Kids

Does your child complain about being overly tired at soccer practice? Has he or she ever fainted while playing or had an unexplained seizure? Don't ignore the situation. It's possible that your child may have long QT syndrome (LQTS).

According to the Mayo Clinic, long QT syndrome is a problem affecting the heart's normal rhythm. Rapid, chaotic heartbeats can cause fatigue, fainting, seizures or even death.

Is your child at risk?

While young girls are the most common victims of LQTS, this syndrome can affect children and teens of both genders. Your child may be at risk of inheriting or acquiring this condition if he or she:

  • Was born with a certain genetic flaw
  • Is closely related to someone with long QT syndrome
  • Is taking certain medications such as antibiotics, diabetes medications, antidepressants and antihistamines
  • Suffers from anorexia or otherwise has low levels of potassium, calcium or magnesium

Has your child experienced any of these symptoms?

Not all kids with LQTS experience obvious symptoms. However, here are a few of the most common symptoms and effects:

  • Unexplained and sudden fatigue or fainting spells while exercising or while feeling strong emotions
  • Unexplained seizures or heart attacks, which may happen in the water and lead to near-drownings
  • Sudden death, if the heart doesn't return to its normal rhythm on its own

What happens if a doctor fails to diagnose or treat this condition?

The good news is that long QT syndrome doesn't have to threaten your child's wellbeing. Many types of treatment are available, including medications, surgical implants and lifestyle changes.

The bad news is that not all doctors are familiar with this condition. Even if a pediatrician orders an EKG to check a child's heart condition, the results may be incorrectly interpreted.

If an Ohio medical professional failed to diagnose or promptly treat your child's long QT syndrome, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Consult a lawyer experienced in medical negligence and wrongful death cases to learn more about your rights and how to pursue the justice you deserve.

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