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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