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New to Brugada

Postby LLT3rry » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:50 pm

I just received a diagnosis of BS after an episode that landed me in Emergency and having a cardiac cath, cardiac echo, CT & MRI. All tests were normal. My ECG was abnormal and my cardiac markers were elevated and doubled after the heart cath. The ED diagnosis was Brugada Syndrome. My father and two of his siblings were positive for it.
I'm still a little confused. They told me in ER that I was having a heart attack but now I'm not sure, because the cath and echo were fine.

I'm still having periodic dizziness, chest pressure/pain, fatigue and shortness of breath with activity. Are these symptoms part of the BS thing? They wax and wane throughout the day and haven't been as bad as the ones that led me to the ER last week.
From what I'm reading online the danger in BS is sudden. Can there be other symptoms than the sudden V-tach?
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Re: New to Brugada

Postby Chas » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:54 pm

HI, and welcome to the forum. First I have to point out that we are not doctors so any advice and opinions should be checked with you doctor.

BrS is a fault in the electrical function of the heart which usually has no symptoms and causes no visable defects to the heart. It usually causes sudden V-tach, which stops the heart pumping enough oxygen to the brain resulting in fainting or worse. It is a cardiac arrest not a heart attack, which is typically caused by a blockage of a blood vessel causing lack of blood flow to the heart and damage to the heat muscle.

As there is BrS within your family supports a diagnoses of BrS but, other conditions can give rise to a Brugada like ECG and having BrS does not mean that you cannot have other problems. It would therefore be sensible to have your symptoms checked out. If you have symptomatic BrS doctors would normally recommend an ICD.
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Re: New to Brugada

Postby LLT3rry » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:30 pm

It's been a whirlwind couple of months since my first post asking for information about BrS. I am 55 and now have a clinical diagnosis of BrS following an ECG showing the typical Brugada pattern and a positive EP Study with easily induced arrhythmia. I am waiting on my genetic testing to come back. Prior to the EP study I had four trips to the ER for high heart rate, dizziness and shortness of breath after the least exertion, that wouldn't respond to rest. I've read a lot of information and now have a better understanding of what I'm dealing with. I was lucky to get one of the newer ICD's that is shielded so I can have an MRI if one is ever needed.

It's been a busy two months since I was thrown into the BrS arena. I have seven living siblings, four children and six grandchildren, so I had a lot of people to contact and inform of my diagnosis.

Since finding out about BrS I've also talked with my first cousins on my father's side. We're pretty certain it's paternally related since one of Dad's brothers and one sister both died fairly young of SCA in the absence of any heart disease. My Dad has a pacemaker and has been shocked twice. I have forty two cousins on my Dad's side and eleven on my Mom's. Although we assume the genetics come from my Dad, I thought my maternal cousins should be aware as well just in case. There are heart related abnormalities on her side as well.

My son is 30 and has been diagnosed with RBBB. He is seeing a cardiologist in September. So far two of my daughters have had clear ECG's but are now being followed annually by an EP Specialist. One of my daughters hasn't been seen yet. All of the grandchildren will be seen by pediatric cardiology within the next two months.
I have a couple of questions:
1. If my genetic testing comes back negative should my siblings and children still follow up with cardiology? It's my understanding that research is still ongoing and more genes are being discovered. Even if my sibs and children have clean ECGs they could still be at risk correct? I had normal ECGs for years before the one that showed the Brugada pattern.
2. Most of what I read on medical sites says that typically BrS symptoms are the abnormal ECG, fainting, arrhythmia and possible SCA but most people don't even know they have it. I've been having episodes of shortness of breath, dizziness, a pounding high heart rate over 120 and palpitations. Before the ICD I would get these symptoms with almost no exertion. I couldn't even do normal yard and house work. It was much worse if it was hot. Since the ICD I don't know if it's any better or if I'm just more aware of the fact that I need to rest if my HR gets elevated. Is this normal for BrS sufferers?
3. My symptoms seem to be much worse when it's hot and I have NO tolerance for heat any more. Does anyone else experience this?
4. When I have episodes of a high, pounding HR I usually start sweating heavily as well.

Thanks for any and all responses and info.
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Re: New to Brugada

Postby marianonzs86 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:03 am

Hola soy mariano de.tucuman argentina y tengo brugada. Me.implantaron un cdi hace 3 años. Me gustaría hacer.amigos y compartir mis experiencias.con ustedes. Gracias.chicos!!!
Acabo de.entrar.al grupo!!!
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Re: New to Brugada

Postby Chas » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:20 pm

Hola and welcome to the forum.

I regret that I cannot read Spanish. I suggest that you post in - Grupo De Soporte En Español - as you are more likely to receive a reply.

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