Send to

Choose Destination
Epilepsy Curr. 2009 Jul-Aug;9(4):91-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1535-7511.2009.01303.x.

Cardiac effects of seizures.

Author information

Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Seizures frequently affect the heart rate and rhythm. In most cases, seizure-related cardiac changes are transient and do not appear to cause clinically significant abnormalities for the patient. Great interest in this area of research has been generated because of a possible connection with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). While there are clear, but rare complications from seizure-related cardiac arrhythmias, such as ictal asystole that causes syncope, the overall risk of seizures on cardiac status and any potential connection between seizures and SUDEP still remain uncertain.

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center