How brugada syndrome can affect your health?
Brugada syndrome is an inherited disease that can cause dangerous arrhythmias. When this happens, the heart’s lower chamber (ventricular) beats fast and irregularly. This prevents blood from circulating properly in your body. This can be dangerous and can cause fainting or death, especially during sleep or rest. The disease is called sudden, unexplained night death syndrome because it usually dies during sleep.
Many people with Brugada Syndrome do not know they have this condition. Brugada syndrome usually does not cause any noticeable symptoms.
Signs and symptoms that may be associated with Brugada Syndrome include:
- Getting dizzy
- Shortness of breath, especially at night
- Arrhythmia or palpitations
- Speedy and chaotic heartbeat
The main symptom of Brugada syndrome is the abnormal result of an electrocardiogram (ECG), which measures the heart’s electrical activity.
Treatment of Brugada syndrome depends on the risk of severe arrhythmia.
The risk is considered high if:
- Personal history of serious heart rhythm problems
- fainting spell
- survived sudden cardiac arrest
If you are asymptomatic, your risk may be low, and you may not need special treatment. However, your doctor recommends the following steps to reduce the chance of arrhythmias:
- Actively treat fever. Antipyretics are known to trigger abnormal heartbeats in people with Brugada syndrome, so use antipyretics at the first sign of fever.
- Avoid competitive sports. If you’re at high risk for a severe arrhythmia, your doctor may tell you not to do competitive sports.
Surgery or other procedures
If you have an episode of cardiac arrest or anxious syncope, the primary treatment is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD).
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). This small, battery-operated device is placed on the chest to continuously monitor the heart’s rhythm and deliver an electric shock when needed to control abnormal heartbeats. Placement of an ICD usually requires an overnight hospital stay. It is essential to discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor, as ICDs can cause unnecessary shock when not needed.
- Sometimes drugs such as quinidine are used to prevent potentially dangerous heart rhythms. This medicine may be given with an ICD.
Brugada syndrome is a dangerous disorder that causes your heart’s natural rhythm to be disrupted. This can result in life-threatening symptoms, as well as death. Read about it on Healthline.com
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