Brugada (brew-GAH-dah) syndrome is a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. It's characterized by a specific abnormal heartbeat called a Brugada sign, which is detected by an electrocardiogram test. Brugada syndrome is frequently an inherited condition.

Many people who have Brugada syndrome don't have any symptoms, and so they're unaware of their condition. Brugada syndrome is much more common in men than in women.

Brugada syndrome is treatable using a medical device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

May. 25, 2011