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What is Brugada Syndrome

Your heart's rhythm is regulated by electrical signals, governing essential bodily functions. With Brugada syndrome, these signals fail to reach the heart cells properly due to malfunctioning channels similar to tiny pores.

Claire performing an Electrocardiogram on a patient from her clinic in Branston, Burton on Trent

Consequently, the cells lack the necessary balance of electrolytes, crucial for transmitting messages across the heart and body, leading to irregular heart rhythms.


Symptoms of Brugada syndrome may include:

  • dizziness

  • fainting

  • seizures

  • breathlessness

  • palpitations

Although often appearing in adulthood, symptoms can emerge at any age, exacerbated by triggers such as dehydration, alcohol consumption, or fever.


When to seek medical assistance?

Seek medical assistance if you experience unexplained blackouts, have a family history of the syndrome, or encounter sudden deaths among relatives. Diagnosis typically involves an electrocardiogram (ECG) to detect irregular heart rhythms.

While Brugada syndrome has genetic roots, its onset can also be influenced by heart structure anomalies, medication side effects, or substance abuse. Treatment focuses on lifestyle adjustments and, in severe cases, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement.


Brugada syndrome poses risks of life-threatening heart rhythms and cardiac arrest if left untreated. However, many individuals with the condition lead normal lives, albeit with precautions advised by healthcare providers.


Planning a pregnancy with Brugada syndrome warrants consultation with medical experts due to genetic transmission risks. Genetic counselling may be recommended for informed family planning decisions.


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