People under the age of 40 are advised to have their heart checked as they may potentially be at risk for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
The syndrome, known as SADS, has been fatal for all kinds of people, whether or not they maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.
SADS is an “umbrella term to describe unexpected deaths in young people,” said the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, occurring most often in people under the age of 40.
People aged under 40 are urged to have their heart checked, as they may potentially be at risk of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) (pictured, woman suffering from chest pain while running)
The term is used when an autopsy cannot find a clear cause of death.
The US-based SADS Foundation said more than half of the 4,000 annual SADS deaths of children, adolescents or young adults have one of two main warning signs.
These signs include a family history of being diagnosed with SADS or sudden unexplained death of a family member, and reported fainting or seizures during exercise, or when excited or startled. news.com.au.
Last year, 31-year-old Catherine Keane died in her sleep while living with two friends in Dublin.
Catherine Keane (pictured right with her mother Margherita), 31, died in her sleep while living with two friends in Dublin last year
His mother Margherita Cummins told the Irish mirror“They were all working from home, so nobody really cared when Catherine didn’t come downstairs for breakfast.”
“They texted her at 11.20am and when she didn’t reply they checked her room and found she was dead.
“Her friend heard a noise in her room at 3.56am and now thinks that’s when she died.”
Ms Cummins said her daughter was ‘going to the gym and taking 10,000 steps a day’.
“I am comforted that she fell asleep and felt no pain and I am grateful for that. I always worried about the kids driving around in the car, but I never saw that coming. I never thought that I would one day lose a child in my life,’
The spokesperson for the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne said: ‘There are around 750 cases a year of people under the age of 50 in Victoria whose hearts suddenly stop (cardiac arrest)’ (pictured, woman suffering from chest pain)
Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is developing the country’s first SADS registry.
“There are approximately 750 cases a year of people under the age of 50 in Victoria whose hearts suddenly stop (cardiac arrest),” a spokesperson said.
“Of these, about 100 young people a year will have no cause found even after extensive investigations such as a full autopsy (SADS phenomenon).”
Cardiologist and researcher Dr Elizabeth Paratz said: “Baker’s registry was the first in the country and one of the few in the world to combine ambulance, hospital and forensic information.”
“(It allows you to see) that people have had cardiac arrest and no cause has been found on the back,” Dr. Paratz said.
She thinks the potential lack of awareness may be because “a lot is happening outside of traditional medical settings.”
Cardiologist and researcher Dr Elizabeth Paratz (pictured) said that from a public health perspective tackling SADS was ‘not as easy as everyone in Australia getting genetically tested’ because scientists don’t were still not 100% clear on ‘what genes cause’.
“The majority of these SADS events, 90%, happen outside of the hospital – the person doesn’t recover – so it’s actually the ambulance and forensics staff who deal with the bulk of it. of these patients,” said Dr. Paratz.
“I think even doctors underestimate it. We only see the 10% who survive and make it to the hospital. We ourselves see only the tip of the iceberg.
For family and friends of victims, SADS is a “very difficult entity to grasp” because it is a “diagnosis of nothing”, added Dr Paratz.
Dr Paratz said that from a public health perspective tackling SADS was ‘not as easy as everyone in Australia getting genetically tested’ because scientists were still not 100 clear % on “the genes that cause it”.
“The best advice would be that if you yourself have a first-degree relative – parent, sibling, child – who has had an unexplained death, it is highly recommended that you see a cardiologist,” he said. she declared.
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