oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Long QT syndrome : what the pharmacist should know : review

Volume 81, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Long QT syndrome is a cardiac conduction disorder in which cardiac repolarisation is delayed following a heartbeat. This condition creates an electrophysiological environment that favours the development of serious ventricular dysrhythmias which can quickly deteriorate, leading to cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. The pharmacist is in a pivotal role as awareness of this condition and the impact of drugs can play a major role in exacerbating underlying long QT syndrome or causing long QT syndrome.

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