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Question: Are asymptomatic patients with Brugada syndrome really out of risk? Will a patient with an ST segment elevation not present any symptoms.What are the natural conditions which unmask any hidden ST eleveation cause by this syndrome.What are the symptoms and and how long they last before causing ventricular fiberralition.What are the chances of survival in such cases.

Answer: The term "Brugada sign" refers to an abnormality on an electrocardiogram (ECG) — a test that records the electrical activity of your heart — that may indicate Brugada syndrome. Brugada syndrome is a genetic disorder in which an abnormality in the heart's electrical system causes life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). It's possible — and even common — to have a Brugada sign without having Brugada syndrome. In these cases, a Brugada sign may result, for instance, from a structural abnormality in your heart, electrolyte abnormalities, or the effects of certain prescription medications or cocaine use. However, if you have a Brugada sign and also have a history of fainting, a history of serious arrhythmias, or a family history of sudden cardiac death, it's likely that you have Brugada syndrome. Brugada syndrome is an inherited condition that occurs most often in men. It also occurs with increased frequency in Asians. Each beat of your heart is triggered by an electrical impulse generated by special cells in the right upper chamber of your heart. Tiny pores, called channels, on each of these cells direct this electrical activity. In Brugada syndrome, a defect in these channels causes episodes of abnormal electrical function. During these episodes, the pumping function of the heart is impaired. This decreases blood flow to the brain, causing fainting. It may also lead to chaotic, uncoordinated electrical activity (ventricular fibrillation), which causes the heart to quiver and stop pumping blood. Sudden death usually follows — unless the heart receives an immediate electrical shock from a device called a defibrillator. Treatment of Brugada syndrome depends on the risk of arrhythmia. Those considered at high risk have: A family history of sudden cardiac death A personal history of serious heart rhythm problems A personal history of severe fainting spells Your doctor may recommend additional testing to further evaluate your risk of dangerous heart rhythms. Electrophysiologists thread electrodes attached to a long, thin tube (catheter) through a vein in the arm or leg and into the heart. The electrodes record how electrical impulses spread through the heart. For high-risk individuals, treatment may include medications and/or an implantable defibrillator. This small device continuously monitors your heart rhythm and delivers precisely calibrated electrical shocks when needed to control abnormal heartbeats. I hope this helps. Good luck. See this link for more information…

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