This difficult to detect disease increases your risk of sudden cardiac death.
Brugada syndrome is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition that disrupts your heart’s normal rhythm. It can lead to an abnormality called ventricular arrhythmia, irregular beats in the heart’s lower chambers. Untreated, this can cause fainting, palpitations and even sudden death. The condition can be difficult to diagnose and only detected on an electrocardiogram.
The heart of someone with Brugada syndrome is structurally normal, but there are problems with electrical activity.
While the condition can present itself at any age, it usually becomes apparent in adulthood – the average age of diagnosis is 42 years. Brugada syndrome is not truly curable, however in some patients, a medical device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) may help to prevent sudden death. Due to the genetic link, family members of patients with Brugada syndrome may be at risk as well.
Symptoms may include:
• Pounding or fluttering in the chest
• Fainting spells
• Near sudden arrhythmogenic death