Prolonged QT Interval Treatment
Long QT syndrome has the potential to cause an abnormal heart rhythm that results in sudden death. Treatment for long QT syndrome may include cardiac monitoring, beta-blockers, and an implantable cardiac defibrillator.
Treatment for long QT syndrome may include:
- Beta-blockers for long QT syndrome:
- Propranolol (Inderal)
- Atenolol (Tenormin)
- Metoprolol (Lopressor)
- Labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate)
- Nadolol (Corgard)
- Implantable cardiac defibrillator for long QT syndrome:
- Pacemaker that delivers a mall electrical impulse to the heart
- Impulse is delivered to the heart if an abnormal rhythm occurs
Prolonged QT Interval Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for long QT syndrome.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for cardiac arrhythmias?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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