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This website outlines the possible causes of sudden death in young people and children. It concentrates on the medical conditions responsible for a sudden unexpected death where a definite cause cannot be found, even after a postmortem.

This is called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, or SADS.

The website:

  • describes what happens after someone has died suddenly and unexpectedly

  • explains how the heart works and how it can cause sudden death

  • explains what causes SADS and why it is important that the close blood relatives of the person who has died should have a medical examination and tests to find out if they have inherited the same condition

  • describes the tests your doctor may ask you to have, and

  • offers advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle if you are found to have one of the conditions that can sometimes lead to sudden death.

Who to contact

012 7781 1215
E-mail /
SADS website
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