Our mission is to save the lives and support the families of children and adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities.
The Warning Signs.
Family history of unexpected, unexplained sudden death under age 40.
Fainting or seizure during exercise, excitement, or startle.
Consistent or unusual chest pain and/or shortness of breath during exercise.
Patient and Family Support Services.
The patient and family support program provides access to information, resources, research and support to patients’ and families’ who are dealing with genetic conditions that cause sudden cardiac death in the young or who have lost a loved one to sudden unexplained death.
Welcome to the SADS Foundation.
Established on December 12, 1991 by Dr. Michael Vincent, The SADS Foundation is a community of families, medical professionals, and supporters saving lives and advancing care for people with heart arrhythmia conditions that can lead to sudden death.
SADS Research Survey
We’re working with companies who are almost ready to recruit participants for first-of-their-kind clinical trials for new therapies. Take our ten-minute survey to help us learn more about you so we can help connect you to research studies you might be eligible to participate in.
Living with SADS Webinars
Join our top experts who will share their knowledge and advice on topics important to living and thriving with a SADS condition.
School Nurse Forum on SCA
We understand that you may be fielding a lot of questions and concerns following Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.
30 Years of The SADS Foundation
The SADS Foundation was established on December 12, 1991 by Dr. Vincent and several dedicated colleagues and LQTS family members for the purpose of helping to prevent sudden and unexpected cardiac death in children and in young adults. Read more about our history.
Sharing Your Stories
SADS conditions are rare, but you are not alone. Here, you will find a community of understanding, support and guidance from others who are navigating life with a SADS condition. We welcome you to browse others’ stories and to contribute your own.
SADS Channel Stories
Members of the SADS community share their perspectives and experiences living with or parenting a child with a SADS condition.
Families share memories and legacies of their children, spouses, and loved ones who died from a heart arrhythmia condition.
Connect with families who share a similar experience, give back, or help drive change around medical research, legislation, or awareness-building. Join us in making an impact!
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Show Your Support
Your support—no matter the size—powers life-saving research and medical education, patient advocacy, and awareness for SADS conditions.
There are many ways to support our community, including becoming a sustainer as a monthly donor, making a one-time gift, hosting an online or in-person fundraiser, donating to one of our honorary funds, or with your own creative idea!
Learn more about how you can save lives and strengthen our community through the various ways to give.