HealthDay News — Having a sudden cardiac arrest after eating a large bite of food may be an indication of Brugada syndrome, according to a case study published online in Pediatrics.

Isa Ozyilmaz, MD, from Mehmet Akif Ersoy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital in Turkey, and colleagues described the case of a 9-year-old who had a sudden cardiac attack while eating a large hot dog.

The researchers identified a suspicious ST elevation in V2 in electrocardiographic evaluation after successful resuscitation. After the ajmaline test, the patient was diagnosed with Brugada syndrome and a cardioverter defibrillator was implanted.

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“Vagal stimulus-dependent [sudden cardiac arrest] after eating a large bite of food may be the first symptom of [Brugada syndrome],” the authors wrote. “For this reason, the electrocardiographic results of the children who had a cardiac arrest after eating a large meal with big bites should be evaluated in detail.”


Ozyilmaz I, Akyol B, Ergul Y. Sudden cardiac arrest while eating a hot dog: a rare presentation of Brugada syndrome in a child [published online September 6, 2017]. Pediatrics. doi:10.1542/peds.2016-2485