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Hereditary heart disease should be suspected when a person with a family history of heart disease or sudden death presents with any of the following symptoms,especially if they occur when they are young:
Syncope (non-vasovagal). Abrupt and brief loss of consciousness (less than 1 minute) in the absence of a specific triggering circumstance and without previous symptoms (or very brief less than 10 seconds).
Nocturnal agonal breathing.
Dyspnoea or exertional intolerance.
Lower limb oedema.
An electrocardiogram shows abnormalities in the majority of cases, but they are often non-specific and a normal electrocardiogram result does not necessarily exclude the diagnosis.
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