Do you know the SADS warning signs?

Jul 22, 2020 | Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator | @katrinasorensen


Do you know the SADS warning signs?

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) are genetic heart conditions that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people. These SADS Conditions include:

Check out this video (recorded February 2019 for National Heart Month) where Dr. Ackerman discusses the warning signs of sudden cardiac death.

Facts about SADS Conditions (On SADS Foundation's Website)

  • Each year in the United States, approximately 210,000 Americans die suddenly and unexpectedly due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. (American Heart Association 2017)
  • 10-12% of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cases are due to Long QT Syndrome.
  • LQTS is now known to be 3 times more common in the US than childhood leukemia.
  • 1 in 200,000 high school athletes in the US will die suddenly, most without any prior symptoms—JAMA 1996; 276

To learn more about SADS conditions, you can visit:

Meet other people talking about genetic heart disorders on Mayo Clinic Connect. Join the Heart Rhythm Conditions group to join the conversation, share experiences, ask questions, and discover your support network.

For up-to-date information, please follow Dr. Ackerman and the Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic on Twitter by clicking the links below.


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