Name: Tisha M.

Age: 36 y/o

Which SADS condition do you have? Brugada Syndrome

When were you diagnosed? 12/27/19

How are you treated? (Beta blocker, ICD, etc.) ICD

How/when were you diagnosed?

I went to Urgent Care on 12/27/19 with complaints of flu symptoms. When the nurses checked my heart rate it was in the 220s. They did an EKG and I was in ventricular tachycardia. They immediately called 911 and sent me to the ER. My diagnosis was Brugada syndrome. I was in the CCU from 12/27-12/31. I had an ICD put in on 12/31 and was discharged the same day. I am recovering and getting back to the groove of things.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in living with your diagnosis? I have 2 young kids (1 and 3 y/o) and if it weren’t for the flu and urgent care visit that sent me to the ER I probably would’ve been dead or paralyzed. 

What is one positive thing that has come out of your diagnosis?

Getting the ICD which will save my life if ever I go in that rhythm again. To be able to get genetically tested and get my kids tested if I carry the gene potentially saving their lives. Raise awareness to encourage friends and family members to get tested if there’s any history of sudden death in the family – potentially be able to save their lives as well. I am Filipino and my risk for the Brugada syndrome is higher as it is common in Southeast Asian population.

What encouragement or advice would you give someone who has just been diagnosed with your condition?

To be able to find out sooner and get the proper preventative measures (ICD) is a blessing that will allow us to live a normal life.

What does your day-to-day life look like?

I was just diagnosed and just had an ICD placed a week ago. I am blessed to be alive, to be able to spend more time with my husband and kids, blessed to be able to bring awareness to this syndrome.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities?

Traveling, working out (I ran half marathons and did crossfit prior to having kids and up until I had my 2nd child. No symptoms of Brugada Syndrome back then), watching movies/TV series.