Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Bite of a hot dog stopped boy's heart, revealing rare condition

Bite of a hot dog stopped boy's heart, revealing rare condition

He was rushed to a local hospital and further tests revealed he had a rare heart condition known as Brugada syndrome which can lead to sudden death.

Just a tasty bite of hot dog reacted with the vagus nerve that assists gastrointestinal and heart which led to the change in heart beats of a 9 years older boy. While Brugada disorder conclusion are hard to quantify, around 4 out of 1,000 individuals in the US have tried positive. The syndrome, which is marked by electrical abnormalities that affect the heart, is often asymptomatic and tends to be diagnosed around age 42.

The kid, from Turkey, was eating a wiener at school when he swooned.

The Pediatrics report says that after this case, the children who get a heart attack after eating a meal should be tested for heart conditions. Initially, the boy was sent to a pediatric ICU. Brugada Syndrome is rare. This may lead to fainting, sudden cardiac arrest or sudden death, she added.

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Dubin specified that majority of people are not aware of the condition until later in life.

This risky heart rhythm may also occur after consuming too much alcohol, when taking certain medications or, more frequently, while people are sleeping, according to the case report.

"The biggest danger of Brugada syndrome is that it can cause the heart to develop risky irregular rhythms that can lead to sudden death", she said. To help control it, he now has an implanted cardiac defibrillator.

If the condition is discovered in parents, doctors also screen their children, even those without symptoms, and in some cases, they might discover it then. The majority of people who develop symptoms of Brugada syndrome are already "in their 20s up to 50s or 60s", Dubin said. And though the disorder runs in families, it's very rare for Brugada syndrome to not be seen in parents, but to be found in two of their children, as occurred in this case, she said.

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