Congenital long QT syndrome: considerations for primary care physicians.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Congenital long QT syndrome is an inherited disorder of cardiac repolarization that predisposes to syncope and to sudden death from polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. The disorder should be suspected when the electrocardiogram shows characteristic QT abnormalities, or when there is a family history of long QT syndrome or of an event that raises suspicion of long QT syndrome, such as sudden death, syncope, or ill-defined "seizure" disorder. We can now classify some types of congenital long QT syndrome according to their genetic mutations and their triggers, such as exercise, rest, or startle.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Levine, E; Rosero, SZ; Budzikowski, AS; Moss, AJ; Zareba, W; Daubert, JP

Published Date

  • August 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 75 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 591 - 600

PubMed ID

  • 18756841

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-1150

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3949/ccjm.75.8.591


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States