Category: "SUDEP"

Many Epilepsy Deaths May Be Prevented with Better Education

Many Epilepsy Deaths May Be Prevented with Better Education

Research shows that people with epilepsy have a 27-fold greater risk of sudden death compared to those without the disorder. Many of these deaths could be prevented, however, according to some of the nation’s leading epilepsy experts writing in the journal Neurology. The experts assert that the death toll could be reduced through greater identification of […]

SUDEP RESEARCH: Study: Blackouts, near drownings linked to sudden death risk

SUDEP RESEARCH: Study: Blackouts, near drownings linked to sudden death risk

The annual congress of the South African Heart Association is being held in Rustenburg from Oct. 25-28, 2015. Experts from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) will present a special programme. Professor Brink said: “LQTS is a cardiac disorder associated with blackouts (syncope). It is a treatable cause of sudden death but unfortunately blackouts, being […]

Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Researchers say they’ve identified a gene mutation that might increase the risk of sudden death in people with mild epilepsy. The researchers studied a four-generation family with nine members who had epilepsy caused by a mutation of the DEPDC5 gene.  This form of epilepsy is considered mild. But, two of the family members suffered what […]

Iowa researchers gain important insight into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Iowa researchers gain important insight into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is becoming increasingly recognized as a very real and devastating problem in which impaired breathing is thought to play a critical role. Researchers believe breathing may be impaired during and after seizures, without the patient’s knowledge. By using electrical stimulation to activate the amygdala, a group of University of […]

Seizure Frequency and Number of AEDs Play Role in Risk Factors for SUDEP

Seizure Frequency and Number of AEDs Play Role in Risk Factors for SUDEP

SUDEP is the most common “direct epilepsy-related” cause of death in persons with epilepsy. While the risk for is still relatively low for all patients, our understanding of SUDEP is also relatively low. Researchers in Korea recently conducted and published a study that investigates clinical variables in correlation with SUDEP in order to identify risk […]

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