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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

About SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes)

Sudden arrhythmia death syndromes (SADS) are genetic heart rhythm abnormalities conditions that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people – who are undiagnosed. Learn the warning signs and find information about specific SADS conditions.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

Find a Specialist: Heart Rhythm Society

Find a specialist is the Society’s directory of member physicians who have requested to have their contact and practice information listed for patient and physician referral purposes.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Heart Rhythm Society

Genetic Testing for SADS Cardiac Conditions

Genetic testing for a number of Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) is standard practice now for those with family histories of these conditions, and others at risk. Find out who should be tested, how to pay for testing, and related resources.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

How Can Death Due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Be Prevented?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, usually causing death if it's not treated within minutes. This document offers information that may help prevent death due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Assessment Form- (PDF)

Your child may appear very healthy, but be at risk for sudden cardiac death due to an inherited condition. This form prompts you and your child's healthcare provider to discuss these risks, and should be completed prior to your child's participation in organized sports.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death in Your Schools- (PDF)

It is important for all school staff members to know how to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest, how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to carry out an emergency plan in the event that they witness an unresponsive victim.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

Substances That Can Cause Heart Rhythm Disorders

Thousands of substances have the potential to affect the heart's electrical system and alter its ability to pump blood through the body. This document describes substances that can cause heart rhythm disorders, including alcohol, tobacco, and substances in the environment and workplace.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Heart Rhythm Society

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Find out the risk factors of sudden cardiac arrest and how you can reduce your risk.

Review Date: September 19, 2011

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Treatment and Prevention

This article provides information on the heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, diagnosis and testing, treatments and drugs, and prevention.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

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