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The findings also suggest that there may be strategies to identify whether infants carry one of these mutations before the tragic event of their death, George says.

“We are not recommending that a population-wide genetic screening be done, but there may be simpler, cost-effective measures that should be investigated further, perhaps performing ECG (electrocardiogram) screening of infants, although this idea is controversial.”

Inherited arrhythmias are manageable conditions that can be treated with medications or implantable devices, George says.

“There’s potentially an infant death every other day in the U.S. due to this problem (arrhythmias),” he says. “Exactly how best to identify this risk and prevent arrhythmia-related death during infancy needs to be determined.”

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