Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Long QT Syndrome Home Care

Home care for long QT syndrome includes:

  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation:
    • For men: no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day
    • For women: no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Learn how to take your own pulse.
  • If you have high blood pressure:
    • Learn how to take your blood pressure.
    • Check your blood pressure every day.
    • Keep a log of your results.
  • Eat a healthy heart diet:
    • Limit your intake of fat to 30% of your total calories.
    • 10% to 15% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil.
    • Low cholesterol diet.
    • Low salt diet.
    • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fats
  • Learn everything you can about long QT syndrome:
    • The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be to participate with your doctor in making treatment decisions.
    • Ask your doctor about good sources for information.
    • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Long QT Syndrome Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have long QT syndrome and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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