In Epilepsy, Heart Issues Linked to Longer Disease Duration
Pediatric patients with epilepsy have an increased risk of cardiovascular complications later in life, but little is known about how they progress. A new study finds that abnormalities in electrocardiograms are linked to an earlier age of diagnosis and longer epilepsy duration. The findings could help researchers in the search for biomarkers that could predict later problems in children with epilepsy. "In pediatric neurology I think we're a little bit removed from some of the cardiovascular complications that can happen within epilepsy, but cardiovascular complications are well established, especially in adults that have epilepsy.
@inshita Previous studies suggested that epilepsy duration might be linked to cardiovascular complications. In children with Dravet syndrome, epilepsy duration has been shown to be associated with cardiac complications. Pathological T wave alternans, which indicates ventricular instability, has been observed in adults with longstanding epilepsy but not adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy.