Long QT Syndrome - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for Long QT syndrome?

A. You must consult a cardiologist and a genetic counselor.

2. Can Long QT Syndrome skip a generation?

A. A mutation in a long QT syndrome gene cannot skip a generation. Not all people who have the mutation will be affected with the condition. Therefore, the clinical features of the syndrome can skip a generation but the mutation will be passed on from on generation to the other without skipping a generation.

3. If my genetic test for long QT syndrome is negative can I still get the condition?

A. Sometimes genetic tests may miss a gene mutation. So, you can still have long QT syndrome if your genetic testing is negative. This happens very rarely.

4. When should I visit a cardiologist to check for long QT syndrome?

A. You should visit a cardiologist when you notice any symptoms of long QT syndrome in yourself or a close blood relative.

5. If I have palpitations what does it mean?

A. A palpitation is a feeling that your heart is beating rapidly. This may or may not be a symptom of arrhythmia. If you get this sensation, you must get it checked by your doctor.

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