Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases

Welcome to the Genetic Heart Rhythm Diseases page. The Mayo Clinic Windland Smith Rice Genetic Heart Rhythm Clinic, with the Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory in Rochester, MN, is dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and researching all types of genetic heart rhythm diseases that can cause sudden death.

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Jun 2, 2020

It's National CPR and AED Awareness Week!

By Katrina Sorensen, Research Coordinator, @katrinasorensen



National CPR and AED Awareness Week June 1-7


Each year, June 1-7 is CPR and AED Awareness Week, highlighting how lives can be saved when everyone knows how to perform CPR and use an AED. Sudden cardiac death in children and adults with SADS conditions can be prevented if CPR and AEDs are used in time. CPR & AEDIt's important to understand what YOU can do to save lives!

Pictured above is Gus! You can watch a video about Gus to learn more about him and how he helps train people to save lives here!

You can TRIPLE a victim's chance of survival when you take these immediate lifesaving actions:

  1. Call 911 for emergency assistance
  2. Push as hard and fast as you can on the victim’s chest until someone comes to help
  3. Send someone to find an AED (automated external defibrillator), turn it on and follow the voice prompts

Don't miss this Friday's SADS Foundation's Facebook Live event!

On June 5th, at 1:20 PM CST, on Facebook Live Dr. Ackerman, Richard Lamphier, RN, Program Manager of Project S.A.V.E, and Adrian Olmos, Director of Patient Advocacy for LifeSure, will talk about saving lives through teaching CPR and AED use. To tune in, just go to the SADS Foundation's Facebook page and click videos!

National CPR and AED Awareness Week is sponsored by LifeSure. LifeSure specializes in delivering AEDs, and teaching customers how to use and take care of them. Check out their website to learn more and to order an AED for your home.

Check out the SADS Foundation's website for facts about CPR and AEDs, information on how you can prevent sudden cardiac death in young people, and more!

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