What is SADS?

SADS stands for Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes

SADS refers to a variety of cardiac arrhythmia disorders which are often genetic and can be responsible for sudden death in young, apparently healthy people.

How Can Sudden Cardiac Death be Prevented?

  • Recognition of "The Warning Signs” and early medical intervention are the keys to preventing sudden cardiac death in children and young adults.

The Warning Signs

  • Fainting (syncope) or seizure during physical activity.
  • Fainting (syncope) or seizure resulting from emotional excitement, emotional distress, or startle.
  • Family history of unexpected sudden death during physical activity or during a seizure, or any other unexplained sudden death of an otherwise healthy young person.

***These symptoms are not conclusive in and by themselves but the presentation of any one symptom requires an immediate cardiac evaluation