What information about torsade de pointes should patients receive?

Updated: Jan 31, 2017
  • Author: Jatin Dave, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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Instruct patients to use medications only with the approval of a physician. Instruct patients to avoid competitive sports (in cases of congenital long QT syndrome).

Close follow-up is needed because of a risk of sudden cardiac death. Offer emotional support; suggest attending a cardiac support group.

Patients should be taught how to monitor their pulse and recognize adverse drug effects. Families should undergo training for basic life support.


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