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Brugada syndrome

A rare but potentially serious heart disorder

Brugada syndrome is an inherited condition that affects the heart's electrical signals and can cause dangerous heart rhythms

About

Brugada syndrome is caused by a genetic abnormality. It affects the electrical signals that cause your heart muscle to contract and pump blood, sometimes resulting in a dangerously fast heart beat. Some people with Brugada syndrome have no symptoms, but for others it can cause palpitations, blackouts or fits. In some cases, it can be fatal.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of Brugada syndrome icon plus

    Often, people with Brugada syndrome don't realise they have it. You may not have any noticeable symptoms, or they may not appear until later in life. However, the condition can be serious. People with Brugada syndrome have an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and sudden cardiac death. Symptoms can include:

    • fainting or blackouts (syncope)
    • palpitations
    • chest pains
    • shortness of breath.

    These symptoms can sometimes be triggered by a high fever, alcohol or dehydration.

  • Screening and diagnosis icon plus

    Because Brugada syndrome can be asymptomatic (have no symptoms) but serious, screening and early diagnosis is important. If you have a relative who has been diagnosed with Brugada syndrome or someone in your family who has died unexpectedly from a heart condition, your GP or consultant may recommend an ajmaline test to screen for the condition. You may also have a blood screening to check for the gene related to Brugada syndrome.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    While there is no cure for Brugada syndrome, your consultant can recommend ways to help you manage the condition, including some lifestyle changes. Rarely, ablation may be offered. Depending on your symptoms, you may need to have a defibrillator fitted. This device is implanted under the skin on your chest and a wire or wires connects it to your heart. It monitors your heart rhythm and can give a brief electrical shock to reset the rhythm if it becomes dangerously fast.
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