Sudden epilepsy deaths, heart conditions found
Australian scientists have discovered a possible genetic link between sudden deaths caused by epilepsy and heart problems. Researchers from the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne analysed the DNA of 64 Australians who died from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and found a sizeable number had a heart gene fault that caused an irregular heartbeat.
Richard Bagnall, the Centenary Institute’s senior research officer who led the study, said the preliminary finding was a crucial first step in understanding SUDEP and how it could be prevented. ABC