Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases

Welcome to the Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases page. The Mayo Clinic Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, with the Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory in Rochester, MN, is dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and researching all types of genetic heart rhythm diseases that can cause sudden death.

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Jun 12, 2019

Post Visit I - QT Preventative Measures

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen

Dr Ackerman

If you have an upcoming appointment at the Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic and are wondering what you can do in the meantime for your QT heart health, or if you've recently had an appointment with us and want to review the simple QT preventive safety measures you discussed with Dr. Ackerman, the following video is for you!

Below, Dr. Michael J. Ackerman, a genetic cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and director of Mayo Clinic's Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, reviews the five overarching QT preventative safety measures that patients with long QT syndrome (LQTS) should always observe.

  1. Avoid drugs, prescription and over-the-counter, with known QT prolonging potential. Medications can be checked at
  2. Stay well hydrated - always maintain good electrolyte and hydration levels
  3. Avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion and be sure to take Tylenol or ibuprofen to lower body temperature during febrile illnesses
  4. A soft recommendation is to include fish oil or omega-3 supplements in your diet, although there is currently no human data that provides proof that this is QT protective.
  5. Learn CPR and obtain an automatic external defibrillator (AED
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