According to a report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Wednesday, a 9-year-old boy in Turkey had a heart attack after taking a bite of a hot dog at school. The doctor’s report said that the hot dog bite caused a close fatal heart attack which also revealed that the boy had a syndrome named Brugada syndrome.
The report published by the Pediatrics suggested that after the boy took a bite of the hot dog, his heart stopped beating after which he fainted.
The boy was resuscitated for about 30 minutes and was diagnosed with the syndrome. Initially, the boy was sent to a pediatric ICU. Later, he was shifted to Ozyilmaz’ clinic due to the irregular and suspicious heart rhythm readings.
The tests conducted revealed that the boy had the rare Brugada syndrome in which vagus nerve that runs through the face and thorax to the abdomen may sometimes on rare occasions get stimulated and cause cardiac arrest. Brugada syndrome causes irregular and dangerous heart rhythms that might lead to sudden death of a person. However, the boy now has an implanted cardiac defibrillator to help control it.
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. Besides, research shows that around 4 in 1,000 people in the U.S have tested positive for the Brugada syndrome.