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Brugada syndrome: Unmasking a silent killer

Lee, Leslie Foran RN; Felmlee, Nancy RN, BSN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000351576.20999.22
Department: Heart Beats

Brugada syndrome is a genetic cardiac defect that can lead to sudden cardiac death in apparently healthy young people (usually men). Although not fully understood, Brugada syndrome appears to be linked to an ion channel disorder. Careful history-taking and ECG analysis may help you save a patient's life.

Leslie Foran Lee and Nancy Felmlee are staff development specialists in clinical education and research at Virtua Health in Mount Laurel, N.J.

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