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Long QT?
mama_karen posted:
Hi I am 44 years old and have had what has always been diagnosed as "benign PVCs" since I was in my 20s. I have never fainted though I feel flutters in my chest every day. At my checkup this week my family doctor ordered an EKG just to be sure there had been no change in my heart (my blood pressure has been up lately)

To my surprise he said that I had a long QT. I have never heard this before in all my years of heart testing. It was 484.

My daughter who is now 15 fainted 3 years ago and the doctor said she also had a borderline long QT and shouldn't take any meds to prolong it.

What is going on? Do we have this or not? It is a terrifying idea but nobody seems too concerned.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

......"he said that I had a long QT. I have never heard this before in all my years of heart testing. It was 484"

"What is going on? Do we have this or not?"

Good general info -

Stanford School of Medicine

Long QT syndorme

Although imaging studies, such as cardiac ultrasounds, are typically normal, patients with Long QT Syndrome have a characteristic "stretching" of one of the intervals that is measured on the electrocardiogram (ECG) that leads to the diagnosis.

This "stretching" can come and go, which often makes the diagnosis of Long QT difficult to make. Repeating the ECG at different time points is often necessary to help make the diagnosis.

Mayo Clinic

Long QT Syndrome

Best of luck to you and your daughter down the road of life.

Take care,


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