Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Brugada syndrome review

Brugada syndrome has been recognized with increasing frequency and in increasingly diverse populations since it was originally established as a distinct clinical entity in 1992. Recognition of the Brugada electrocardiographic patterns can be lifesaving and is thus an essential skill for emergency physicians, hospitalists and primary care physicians.

Although initial recognition of telltale electrocardiographic signs is straightforward, recent understanding of certain diagnostic nuances has been in a state of flux. In addition, new concepts regarding epidemiology, environmental factors, acquired patterns and mimics have rapidly accumulated. For these reasons a recent review in the journal PACE is timely and merits mention here.

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