Can a Message From the Dead Save Lives?**Editorials published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reflect the views of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of JACC or the American College of Cardiology.

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Sudden unexplained death (SUD), autopsy-negative deaths occurring after the first year of life, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), deaths occurring in the first year of life, both present major challenges for the medical profession. Tester and Ackerman has presented compelling data implicating a cardiac channelopathy as the pathogenic basis SUDs, with mutations related to long QT syndrome (LQTS). They have revealed that at least one-third of sudden and unexplained deaths in the young have a genetic origin attributable to two life-threatening conditions, LQTS, and catecholaminergic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). The ECG screening of family members can identify other affected family members with QT prolongation, and genotyping of the proband would allow the recognition of silent mutation carriers within the extended families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-249
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 16 2007

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Long QT Syndrome
Sudden Death
Channelopathies
Sudden Infant Death
Ventricular Tachycardia
Autopsy
Electrocardiography
Mutation
Silent Mutation

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