Brugada Syndrome

Dr. Alrich L. Gray // Central Montana Heart & Vascular Institute

Brugada Syndrome

Brugada syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder. Your heart will beat irregularly and potentially dangerously fast, especially in the lower chambers of your heart (ventricles). This irregular beating will prevent your heart from pumping blood to the rest of your body effectively. Brugada syndrome doesn’t always show symptoms, but if symptoms do appear they include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeats or palpitations
  • Seizures

To treat Brugada syndrome, your doctor will aim to reset the rhythm of your ventricles. He may do this by inserting an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a device that is placed under the skin. The ICD sends electrical signals to the heart to correct abnormal rhythms. He may also perform a catheter ablation, during which he will use radiofrequency or cryo energy to modify the tissues in your heart that cause an abnormal rhythm. In addition to procedures, your doctor may prescribe medications that will help your ventricles stay at a healthy rhythm.