Brugada syndrome (also known as Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome, or SUDS) is a rare inherited arrhythmia that causes the bottom chambers of your heart (the ventricles) to beat so fast that they can prevent the blood from circulating efficiently in your body. While this is a disease that usually affects people in their 30's, it has actually been described at all ages. And although Brugada syndrome affects both men and women, the condition appears to be 8 to 10 times more common in men.
Many people who have Brugada syndrome don't have any symptoms, and so they're unaware of their condition. However, the dangerous arrhythmias Brugada syndrome can cause can cause fainting or sudden cardiac arrest.
Brugada syndrome is treatable - however because Brugada syndrome was discovered recently, research is still under way on new and additional treatments for the disorder.
What are the symptoms of Brugada syndrome?
- Heart arrhythmia
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Breathing difficulty
- Sudden death
- Sudden infant death
- Cardiac arrest