SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) is a heartbreaking fatal cardiac condition which causes a loss and grief for loved ones. It can occur at any point in life and often leaves many unanswered questions- making research vital. The cause is not clear, warning signals are not always present and preventative methods are being developed.
SADs is an umbrella term used to describe a premature death. The charity SADs UK provides medical information in regards to the condition, warning signs, the heartbeat, equipment and conditions that can lead to SADs.
SADs has affected my family as in 2012 we lost a loved one who had no previous underlying medical conditions, was fit, active and healthy. To have such an untimely and unexplained death is devastating and leaves family and friends with no closure.
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If you experience any of the warning signals below it is advisable to consult your doctor
*faint or have an apparent seizure during physical activity, especially if it happens repeatedly
*faint or have an apparent seizure during emotional excitement, distress, startle or on arousal from sleep
*consistent or unusual chest paint and/or abnormal shortness of breath during exercise and dizziness
*a family history of a premature death of an apparently healthy person (under age 40)