What is Brugada Syndrome?
Brugada Syndrome is a heart condition where the lower chambers of the heart beat quickly and irregularly, out of normal sync with the rest of the organ. This can cause rapid fainting and death, as the heart cannot circulate blood. Brugada syndrome is sometimes called the sudden, unexplained nocturnal death syndrome because it is rarely noticed until the first fainting spell, which sometimes occurs when the person is asleep. It can become a dangerous condition that needs to be medicated.
Brugada syndrome is a genetically inherited cardiac disease, meaning that it is passed from parents to children at birth. Like many other genetic cardiac conditions, Brugada syndrome may require a surgery to control. . Many cases of Brugada syndrome are found through cardiac genetic testing, which allows doctors to examine the genetic material for any mutations.
Symptoms of Genetic Brugada Syndrome?
If you experience these symptoms, they may be a sign you are suffering from Brugada syndrome.
- Fainting: the most common symptom of Brugada syndrome. Talk to your doctor if you begin fainting seemingly without any reason.
- Seizures: A less common symptom.
These symptoms can be serious and should be treated with caution. Most cases of Brugada syndrome are undetected until they are symptomatic. From there, a cascade of genetic testing helps identify other family members with the disease.
Treatments for Genetic Brugada Syndrome
There are a few ways to help manage Brugada syndrome and live a full life. Several medications exist to help regulate the heartbeat that Brugada syndrome causes. Additionally, a few surgeries are available that implant a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to regulate or restart the heart. Ask your doctor about recommendations for you. Additionally, for those in an older demographic, there are assisted living services that are equipped to handle many types of medical conditions.