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Brugada syndrome does not usually cause any symptoms. Some people have symptoms such as fainting, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
Brugada syndrome is diagnosed using a test to check your heart rhythm called an electrocardiogram (ECG). Close family members may also need tests.
Brugada syndrome does not always need treatment. People at higher risk of a dangerous heart rhythm may be fitted with a device to correct the rhythm.
If you have Brugada syndrome, you'll need to avoid triggers such as taking certain medicines, a high temperature, dehydration and too much alcohol.
Brugada syndrome is usually an inherited genetic condition. It's more common in men and in people of south east Asian origin.
Support for people with Brugada syndrome is available from charities such as the British Heart Foundation.
Brugada syndrome is a rare heart condition that can affect your heart rhythm and can sometimes cause serious problems. It's usually inherited.
Page last reviewed: 13/12/2023
Next review due: 13/12/2026