Epileptic Disord 2021 Feb;23(1):17-39
Stichting Epilepsie Instellingen Nederland - SEIN, Achterweg 5, 2103 SW, Heemstede, The Netherlands, NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK, Department of Neurology, Leiden University Medical Centre, Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA, Leiden, The Netherlands.
People with epilepsy have a three-fold increased risk of dying prematurely, and a significant proportion is due to sudden cardiac death or acute myocardial infarctions. The causes of increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in epilepsy are manifold and include acute or remote effects of epileptic seizures, the longstanding epilepsy itself or antiseizure treatments. Seizure-related cardiac arrhythmias are common and comprise bradyarrhythmia and asystole, atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Read More