Friday, December 20, 2013

Long QT Syndrome

Speaking of loud sounds and the potentially deleterious impact they can have on brain and body, have you heard of the Long QT Syndrome? It is a very rare condition in which the electrical recovery of the heart after each beat takes longer than usual, the rhythm becomes abnormal, and insufficient blood is pumped to the brain. Sometimes the individuals recover; sometimes they do not. Estimates are that Long QT Syndrome contributes to about 3,000 deaths per year in the US. According to the Better Health Channel (see link below), this is a potentially life-threatening disorder. An event can be triggered by:

  • Being startled by a loud noise, such as a horn, ringing telephone or alarm clock
  • Exams, tests or other stressful situations
  • Anger or crying
  • Exercise.
There's often quite a bit of loud sounds during the holiday season. You might want to start carrying some ear plugs in your pocket. Use them to protect yourself.

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