Cases of short QT syndrome need intervention

A STUDY showing that people with short QT syndrome have fewer arrhythmic events after prophylactic treatment highlights the importance of referring at-risk patients, Australian experts say.

The European study looked at long-term outcomes of 53 patients with short QT syndrome, a rare condition recognised as a clinical entity in 2003.

Most of the subjects had a personal or familial history of cardiac arrest and four died suddenly, the research found.
There were no arrhythmic events recorded among those receiving prophylactic treatment, whereas the incidence in untreated patients was 4.9% per year, the authors said.