How We Can Help You
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a rare disorder of the heart’s electrical system that can lead to dangerous heart rhythms, fainting, and sudden cardiac arrest. At Stanford, our internationally renowned electrophysiologists have the skill and experience to provide superior care for this complex condition.
Our inherited heart disease program is one of few in the country offering the latest cardiovascular genetics services, advanced electrophysiology treatments, and access to both adult and pediatric cardiology expertise to care for family members of all ages.
We provide expert care for LQTS at the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease.
WHAT WE OFFER YOU FOR LONG QT SYNDROME
- Nationally recognized expertise in LQTS and other inherited arrhythmias.
- Advanced diagnostic services that combine the expertise of electrophysiologists and cardiovascular genetic counselors with cardiac MRI and other screening technologies.
- Personalized treatment plans to prevent life-threatening arrhythmias and help you manage LQTS, so you can live better with this chronic disease.
- World-class electrophysiology treatments, from the latest medical therapies to device implantation, including cardioverter-defibrillator and pacemaker implantation.
- Genetic counseling services to assess your inherited risk for Long QT syndrome and develop a care plan for you and your family.
- Compassionate support for lifestyle changes, including psychologists trained in helping families with inherited arrhythmias.
- Active research and clinical trial program to better understand the genetic causes of Long QT syndrome and develop new therapies.
Treatment for Long QT Syndrome
As a genetic condition, Long QT syndrome affects the whole family. We focus on expert, compassionate care that meets your family’s needs. With highly skilled genetic counselors who work with our doctors and nurses, we offer exceptional genetic counseling and risk management that saves lives.
Although there is no cure for LQTS, we can treat the disorder to prevent fainting and dangerous arrhythmias. We work with you to customize a treatment plan that supports your health needs. We take into consideration the type of LQTS you have and whether you have experienced fainting or cardiac arrest.
Learn more about our world-class cardiovascular genetics counseling for long QT syndrome.
At Stanford, you have access to a wide range of treatment options. We discuss these options with you to decide what is right for you.
We partner with you to develop a personalized care plan to avoid potential arrhythmia triggers and help you establish safe levels of exercise. Common lifestyle issues include:
- Medications that may be causing LQTS
- Low levels of electrolytes: sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium
- Strenuous physical activity or loud, startling noises
Depending on your individual case, you may need to take beta-blockers or other medications to slow your heart rate.
A pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) helps maintain normal heart rhythms. We implant these devices in your chest during a minor procedure.
Treatment for underlying conditions
Certain types of thyroid disease can cause LQTS. Treating the thyroid condition can relieve your symptoms and avoid complications of LQTS.
Clinical Trials for Long QT Syndrome
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently recruiting participants or that may recruit participants in the near future. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but similar studies may open in the future.
There are no open clinical trials for Long QT syndrome at this time.
To learn more about the clinical trials we offer, contact Gerri O'Riordan at 650-725-5597.
Frequently Asked Questions for Accessing Care
The Stanford Cardiac Arrhythmia Service is not only dedicated to treating its patients with the finest treatment options available, but also to advancing those treatments. Clinical research studies may be sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, other governmental agencies, or industry.
We're actively developing new approaches to arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment, including:
- New device development
- New treatments and diagnostic techniques for Atrial Fibrillation
- New technologies for catheter ablation
- Integration of imaging in catheter ablation
- New treatments for arrhythmias in cardiomyopathies (hypertrophic, ischemic, nonischemic)
- New approaches to ICD and Pacemaker therapy
- Signal processing and mathematical techniques for diagnosis of arrhythmias
- New diagnostic approaches to patients with inherited arrhythmic disorders
We work with the Stanford Biodesign Program—an innovative collaboration between medicine and engineering—to develop new technologies in medicine.
Additional Research and Innovation Advancements
- A Stanford doctor co-invented a new form of ablation treatment called cryoablation (freezing), which has been used in over 200,000 patients worldwide, including patients with atrial fibrillation and supraventricular tachycardia.
- The Stanford Center for Arrhythmia Research has assembled more than 40 faculty who represent numerous disciplines and are collaborating to solve arrhythmia related problems.
- Stanford doctors have conducted clinical studies leading to approval of the radiofrequency energy ablation system measuring contact force to improve ablation outcomes. Learn more about radiofrequency ablation »
- Stanford doctors and surgeons were in the first FDA clinical trial to test hybrid surgical-catheter ablation, combining minimally invasive surgery with a catheter-based procedure to treat complex atrial fibrillation.
We participate in a wide range of insurance plans. View the list of insurance plans accepted by Stanford Health Care »
Have insurance or pre-authorization questions? The Patient Financial Clearance team is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., to answer your questions. Please call 650-724-4445 or 1-877-291-7335 (toll free).
When choosing a doctor, it’s important to consider the doctor’s clinical training, experience and expertise in a specialized area that matches your health care needs.
You can find the right Stanford doctor for you by using our doctor directory and filtering the results based on a medical category, specialty, or doctor’s last name. View a list of cardiac arrhythmia doctors »
We offer a number of support services for arrhythmia, including cardiovascular support groups, interpreter services, nutrition services, a Lifestyle Modification Program, integrative medicine, a health library, and a variety of classes and events. Learn more about our support services »
You can call Cardiac Arrhythmia Service directly to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. Call 650-723-6459 to make an appointment.
Yes, Stanford Health Care offers financial assistance for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Meet with one of our financial counselors to find the best approach to paying for your health care. Financial counselors are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Learn more about financial assistance services »
Managing treatment for arrhythmia is a highly personalized process. Our clinic receptionists will confirm the information you should bring with you prior to your first appointment. For your first appointment, please bring the following test results and information:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- Holter Report or ECG Monitor
- Echocardiogram (Ultrasound of the Heart)
- Heart MRI
- Heart CT
- Your medical history
- Report or results from a physical examination
You will also need to have the following information with you when you check in:
- Insurance card
- A form of payment for any co-pays or deductibles
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- Valid state-issued ID card
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Write down your questions before your appointment and rank them in order of importance, beginning with the most important ones. If there isn’t enough time to have all your questions answered during your appointment, ask your doctor who you can speak with to get your other questions answered.
Current patients may reach one of our outstanding arrhythmia nurse specialists during clinic hours at 650-723-7111. For after-hours, reach the on-call arrhythmia doctor at 650-723-7111.
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We offer a number of support services for arrhythmia patients, including cardiovascular support groups, interpreter services, nutrition services, a Lifestyle Modification Program, integrative medicine, a health library, and a variety of classes and events. Learn more about our support services »
Please call our clinic receptionists at 650-723-6459. They are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help you reschedule or cancel your appointment.
To determine if a clinical trial is right for you, talk to your doctor. He or she can refer you to a research coordinator for more information on studies that may be right for your specific condition.
You can also find the guidelines for who can participate in a particular clinical trial online. However, it is best to work with your doctor to decide the right care approach for your needs.
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