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Brugada syndrome is an inherited heart disorder that causes an irregular heart rhythm, which can be dangerous.
Brugada syndrome occurs in about 1 of 2,000 people.
Changes or mutation is specific genes causes the disease. One generation can pass on these gene changes to the next.
People at higher risk of Brugada syndrome are those who have a family history of:
Brugada syndrome can cause fainting spells and, in more severe cases, sudden death.
Many people don't have symptoms. For people who do show signs, an irregular heartbeat is the most common.
Other signs and symptoms of Brugada syndrome are:
Your doctor may look for Brugada syndrome if you have symptoms or a first-degree relative with the condition.
To diagnose Brugada syndrome, your doctor will do a physical exam.
They may also order certain tests — such as an EKG or electrophysiology test — to check your heart function.
Because Brugada syndrome is an inherited disorder, your doctor may also suggest genetic testing.
Before the test, you'll talk to a genetic counselor who will explain the risks and benefits of testing. They'll also tell you about any limits in interpreting the results.
If you carry a genetic mutation for Brugada syndrome, there's a risk that you may pass the gene along to your children. Doctors may suggest that your parents, siblings, and children also have testing.
Treatments can help prevent life-threatening complications. You'll need routine follow up with your doctor to manage your condition.
Brugada syndrome treatment options depend on your symptoms and risk factors.