Lightning Learning: SADS
SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) is inherited – it runs in the family.
Here are a few examples of conditions causing SADS:
Long QT syndrome (LQTS)
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome
The above conditions can trigger dangerous arrhythmia leading to cardiac arrest.
Every week 12 young people in the UK die unexpectedly from a heart condition they didn’t know they had.
SADS is often not diagnosed until one person in a family dies suddenly & unexpectedly.
An internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is implanted for patients at high risk of ventricular fibrillation.