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This is a rare but serious condition. It affects your heart's normal rhythm and can make it beat too fast or in an irregular way. When that happens, it's called an arrhythmia. With an arrhythmia, your heart can't pump blood to the rest of your body as it's supposed to.
Brugada syndrome is one of the most common causes of sudden heart-related death in people who are otherwise young and healthy. It affects about 5 in 10,000 people worldwide. It's most common in people of Japanese and South Asian descent and happens much more often in men.
Signs and symptoms in patients with Brugada syndrome may include the following:
- Syncope and cardiac arrest: Most common clinical manifestations; in many cases, cardiac arrest occurs during sleep or rest
- Nightmares or thrashing at night
- Asymptomatic, but routine ECG shows ST-segment elevation in leads V1-V3
- Fever: Often reported to trigger or exacerbate clinical manifestations