What I Want People to Learn About Brugada Syndrome

Brugada syndrome is a rare, but potentially life-threatening, genetic heart condition. Despite its rarity, the impact of Brugada syndrome can be devastating for those who are diagnosed with it, and their loved ones.1

As someone who's family has been affected by Brugada syndrome, there are a few things that I think would be good to share about the condition.

When my dad was diagnosed, I had never heard about the condition, and I had more questions than answers. I did not know how it might affect his health or our family's health. It took years for me to understand it.

Brugada Syndrome is not a well-known heart condition

I was not alone. Brugada syndrome is not well-known, even among medical professionals. This can make it difficult for those with the condition to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Luckily, my dad was properly diagnosed with an EKG and got the appropriate treatment to help him.

Brugada syndrome can be asymptomatic

Since the condition is genetic, it was important for me to get tested. Brugada syndrome can be asymptomatic, meaning that people with the condition may not have any symptoms at all--which was the case with me. 1

This can make it difficult to detect and diagnose the condition. Even though my EKG was normal, the doctors did further tests and discovered that I have the syndrome as well.

Brugada syndrome does not have to rule your life

There are precautions to take

Brugada syndrome can be triggered by certain medications, alcohol, and even fevers. This means that people with the condition need to be vigilant about avoiding these triggers and seeking medical help if they experience any symptoms. I was told to avoid exercise in hot environments, and to treat fevers proactively.1

There are treatments for Brugada syndrome

My dad has an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). ICDs are devices that are implanted under the skin and can detect and treat abnormal heart rhythms. They are a bit like a pacemaker but have a defibrillator as well.

Since I am asymptomatic, the "treatment" for me is to monitor for any symptoms or an abnormal EKG. I may never have any symptoms, or I could be like my dad and need an ICD in the future. Either way, I know I am covered! That's much better than dropping dead!

Importance of awareness

Over the years, I've learned that Brugada syndrome is a rare but potentially life-threatening genetic heart condition that affects many people around the world.1

It is important for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition and to seek medical help if they are experiencing them. However, with appropriate management and care, people with Brugada syndrome can live full and fulfilling lives.

Awareness and understanding of this condition can help to ensure that those with it receive the support and care they need.

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