What is SADS?

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.

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The Warning Signs

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


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.

The Foundation

Information About SADS Conditions

International SADS Community