A Rare Heart Condition Can Sound Like Snoring
For many, it is a worst-case scenario nightmare… but it happened to a young mother who heard her boyfriend snoring in the middle of the night. In actuality, he actually suffered from a rare heart condition that can sound like snoring. Telegraph.co.uk covered the event pretty well in this article, but here is the basic summary of what happened.
Lisa Lee, a mother and girlfriend, woke up to the sound of air noisily leaving the body of her boyfriend – Lewis Little – which sounded a lot like snoring. She tried to kick him out of the bed and told him to ‘shut up,’ due to the noise and the stress of it waking her up in the middle of the night… but she said that she immediately noticed that the sheets were wet, and that something was wrong.
She turned the lights on, only to find that her boyfriend’s face had turned a purple color… and that he was no longer breathing.
She called an ambulance, of course, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. He had died in his sleep – probably hours earlier. And the ‘snoring’ noise that she heard? Well, it wasn’t snoring at all – but the sounds of the last remaining remnants of air leaving her boyfriend’s body.
Yes, it’s a scary and eerie story, to say the least – but what could have caused it?
While it may sound like snoring, Brugada Syndrome is a different condition
The incident has been attributed to a rare heart condition that Lewis had previously been diagnosed with. It’s a condition called Brugada Syndrome, and it is pretty accurately and simplistically explained on the website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine as follows…
“Brugada syndrome is a condition that causes a disruption of the heart’s normal rhythm. Specifically, this disorder can lead to irregular heartbeats in the hearts lower chambers, which is an abnormality called ventricular arrhythmia.”
The description goes on to say this about the syndrome…
“If untreated, the irregular heartbeats can cause fainting, seizures, difficulty breathing, or sudden death. These complications typically occur when the affected person is resting or asleep.”
There is no doubt that this is some pretty scary stuff – but there is also a bit more to the story.
Apparently, Lewis had been diagnosed with the disorder as a ‘low risk sufferer.’ They told him that he would basically live a long, happy life despite the syndrome – and because he was such a low risk case, he wasn’t prescribed medication or fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (or ICD)… a device which might have saved his life.
The girlfriend, Lisa Lee, is now trying to raise awareness for this ‘silent killer,’ and is currently working on a petition that would get low-risk sufferers of the condition outfitted with the ICD.
What do we think of this story?
This is doubtlessly a scary story – and it outlines a very important thing that we all need to remember. Nobody is completely safe or immune to sleeping-related disorders – and even though we might all think that nothing like this could ever happen to us, it is important to realize that this isn’t always true.
The vast majority of people will not suffer such a fate as Lewis – but there is also the chance that people are putting themselves at risk by failing to pay attention to symptoms and avoiding going to their doctor to talk about their sleeping problems.
True, this story was about a heart condition – but even disorders like sleep apnea can lead to serious health complications over time.
Making sure that you get regular doctor visits, checking up on symptoms, and staying educated has never been so useful – or as necessary.
And if your doctor doesn’t seem to be quite ‘on point?’ Get a second opinion. It might take a bit of time and cost you some money – but it could also save your life.