Brugada Syndrome


  • Brugada syndrome is a rare condition affecting the electrical system of your heart, which increases the risk for abnormally fast and chaotic heart rhythm. An abnormal ECG pattern is sometimes found and increases the risk for an abnormal heart rhythm. This abnormal heart rhythm can trigger a fainting spell, a seizure, or sudden cardiac death.
  • Brugada syndrome is a genetic condition diagnosed in approximately 1 in 10,000 people of European ancestry but in some Asian populations, such as Japan and South East Asia, the condition is found in as many as 3 in 1,000 people. Men are diagnosed with Brugada syndrome 8 to 10 times more often than women, meaning it is a rare diagnosis in women.
  • Sometimes the abnormal ECG pattern is triggered by fever, electrolyte imbalances and certain medications.

Treatment/Standard of Care

Diagnosing Brugada syndrome typically requires an evaluation by an arrhythmia expert with ECGs and other cardiac tests. Genetic testing can also be helpful.

Treatment typically includes avoidance of certain medications, prompt treatment of fever and in some cases surgery or cardiac devices.

Additional Resources

Please note: The Canadian SADS Foundation provides links to external websites for informational purposes only. While we regard these as reputable sources of information, please be aware that The Canadian SADS Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy, legality, or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.

Heart Rhythm Society

Patient page about Brugada Syndrome in Children from the Heart Rhythm Society (US).

Website with information about drugs to avoid if you have a diagnosis of Brugada syndrome

Patient Letter from

Letter explaining drugs to avoid, available in multiple languages.

Nova Scotia Health

Nova Scotia Health pamphlet on Brugada Syndrome (2023).

Hear From Patients Living With Brugada Syndrome

Steve's Story

Read about Steve’s journey with Brugada Syndrome.

Jennette's Story

Read about Jennette’s journey with Brugada Syndrome.

The Kowalsky's Story

Read about The Kowalsky’s journey with Brugada Syndrome.