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Brain Discovery Raises Epilepsy Drug Hopes

Brain Discovery Raises Epilepsy Drug Hopes

Researchers at the Heart Research Institute have discovered a brain chemical that protects people with epilepsy from deadly heart problems. This work paves the way for exciting new protective drugs. The important new study reveals significant links between epilepsy, heart disorders and the immune system that could change the way the brain condition is treated.

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Epilepsy and the heart

While it is commonly known that epilepsy can cause loss of consciousness and disabling seizures, it is less well known that it can cause significant heart problems. A seizure can be potentially dangerous, triggering the nerves in the brainstem to increase blood pressure and heart rate and even cause dangerous heart rhythms.

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