In North America a syndrome of inherited sudden cardiac arrest and death has been reported to occur in German Shepherd Dogs.
Age of onset
Death most often occurs between 4-8 months of age, and often occurs during sleep or during a resting period after exercise.
Intravenous antiarrhythmic drugs (lidocaine and procainamide) are effective drugs for controlling arrhythmias and are recommended in these dogs, but more studies need to be performed.
A chapter on this disease was published in Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI in 1992. To order the latest XIII edition (1999)
Updated October 2013