People under the age of 40 are encouraged to control their hearts because they may be at risk of sudden adult death.
The syndrome, known as SADS, has been deadly for all types of people regardless of whether they maintain a proper and healthy lifestyle.
SADS is “a roof term to describe unexpected deaths in young people,” said the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, which is most common in people under 40.
People under the age of 40 are encouraged to check their hearts, as they may be at risk for sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) (pictured, woman experiencing chest pain while running)
The term is used when postmortem cannot find an obvious cause of death.
The U.S. SADS Foundation said more than half of the 4,000 annual SADS deaths of children, teens, or young adults have one of the top two warning signs.
These signs include a family history of a SADS diagnosis or a sudden unexplained death of a family member, and fainting or epilepsy during exercise, or when aroused or surprised, reported. news.com.au.
Last year a 31-year-old woman, Catherine Keane, died in her sleep while living with two friends in Dublin.
Catherine Keane (pictured right with her mother Margherita), 31, was found dead in her sleep while living with two friends in Dublin last year.
Her mother Margherita Cummins told the Irish Mirror‘They all worked from home so no one really paid attention when Catherine didn’t come for breakfast.’
‘They sent her a text at 11.20am and when she did not respond, they checked her room and found that she had passed.
‘Her friend heard a noise in her room at 3.56 am and thinks she’s dead now.’
Ms Cummins stated that her daughter “went to the gym and walked 10,000 steps a day”.
– I’m a little comforted that she slept and didn’t know any pain and I’m grateful for that. I was always worried about the kids driving in the car but never saw this coming. I never thought I would ever lose a child in my life, ‘
A spokeswoman for Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute said: “There are about 750 cases a year of people under the age of 50 in Victoria who suddenly have a heart attack” (pictured, a woman suffering from chest pain)
Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is developing the country’s first SADS registry.
“There are about 750 cases a year of people under the age of 50 in Victoria suddenly having their cardiac arrest,” said a spokesman.
“Of those, about 100 young people a year will have no reason to be found even after extensive research such as a full autopsy (SADS phenomenon).”
Cardiologist and researcher Dr. Elizabeth Paratz said: “Baker’s record was the first in the country and one of only a few in the world that combined information on ambulance, hospital and forensic medicine.”
“(It allows you to see) people had the cardiac arrest and no cause was found in the back,” Dr. Paratz said.
She believes the possible lack of awareness may be due to the fact “a lot of it happens outside of traditional medical settings”.
Cardiologist and researcher Dr Elizabeth Paratz (pictured) said from a public health perspective, combating SADS was “not as easy as everyone in Australia being genetically examined”, as scientists were not yet 100 per cent clear on “what genes cause this”.
“The majority of these SADS incidents, 90 percent, take place outside the hospital – the person doesn’t do it – so it’s actually ambulance staff and forensics taking care of most of these patients,” Dr. Paratz said.
– I think even doctors underestimate it. We see only the 10 percent who survive and get to a hospital. We see only the top of the iceberg ourselves. ‘
For family and friends of victims, SADS is “very difficult to understand” because it is a “diagnosis of nothing,” Dr. Paratz added.
Dr Paratz said that from a public health perspective, fighting SADS was not “as easy as everyone in Australia being genetically examined”, as scientists were not yet 100 per cent clear on “what genes cause this”.
“The best advice would be if you yourself had a first-degree relative – a parent, a sibling, a child – who had an unexplained death, it is highly recommended that you see a cardiologist,” she said.