Daily life with LQTS and Autism

How can these diseases change the way you live?

Basics of Long QT Syndrome(LQTS)

Long QT syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder that may cause rapid, uncontrolled heart beats that in some cases will lead to feinting, seizures or cardiac arrest. These arrhythmia's can be caused by the shock of a cold pool, or even an alarm ringing suddenly. The SADS foundation is helping to support families with hereditary heart rhythm disorders.

Autism and Its Basic Characteristics

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of disorders that affect brain development. This disorder exists in varying degrees of severity, and characteristics including difficulty with social interaction and communication. Another autistic characteristic is repeating things like sounds and having their daily routine the same.

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Handling Autism Daily

Daily life for people with Autism and their families can be very similar day to day. Children with Autism like to be on a routine and sometimes depend on it. So if they get out of their routine they become overwhelmed and can't handle it. It almost may be difficult to discipline children with Autism, so in order to teach these children lessons they need to be told several times and sometimes they need a family member to communicate the problem with the child on a one on one basis.

Demographics on Autism

  • 1 in every 68 children are identified with ASD
  • ASD is reported in all racial and ethnic groups
  • ASD is five times more common in boys ( 1 in 42) than it is in girls (1 in 189)
  • Children have a higher risk of having ASD if their parents are older or they are born prematurely
  • Autism costs a family about 60,000 dollars a year

The Difficulties of Long QT Everyday Life

  • Long QT syndrome is a genetic disease.
  • The QT stands for the time between the wave length, in which it starts at Q and ends at T. The QT interval is the depolarization and the repolarization of the ventricles.
  • 30% of children become aware of their disorder after they have experienced sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Patients with LQTS must not exert themselves physically or physically or they could send themselves into a cardiac arrest.