Sunday, April 1, 2007

Sudden Infant Death Gene

Recently in the medical journal of the American Heart Association "Circulation" several articles appeared regarding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Namely that a significant percentage 9.5% of all cases of SIDS can be attributed to Long QT syndrome and other congenital arrythmias.
Now before you go and get your child genetically tested!!!! Something that a DTC testing company would try and have you do. I suggest a screening EKG
This is a simple and more appropriate test to evaluate arrythmias (funny heart beats). The American Academy of Pediatrics is hotly debating whether to include this, just like including the newborn screen and hearing screen.
Either way you slice it, I am asking my daughter's pediatrician for an ekg!
Wouldn't you?

No comments: