Supporting Families.
Saving Lives.

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.

Patients & Families


Healthcare Professionals




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.

100 SADS Live Episodes

As we celebrate our 100th episode, please take a moment to help us thank Dr. Ackerman for his dedication to this program! Leave a comment & make a donation in his honor to the SADS Foundation to help us keep programs like SADS Live going.

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.

SADS Safe Schools

You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your child is safe at school – but for many SADS parents, sending kids to school can be very stressful. That’s why we dedicate August & September to SADS Safe Schools – so you and your family have the resources you need to keep your child safe at school.

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.

SADS International Conference

Third time’s a charm! The International Conference in Houston has been delayed two years due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are excited to annouce our upcoming in-person seminars

Houston Healthcare Professionals

Friday, November 11, 2022

Houston Family Seminar

Saturday, November 12, 2022

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.

Healing Wall

Families share memories and legacies of their children, spouses, and loved ones who died from a heart arrhythmia condition.

Cute little daughter and happy mother join hands in shape of heart as concept of mom and child love care support

Get Involved

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!

Stay Connected

Join our email list to get the latest SADS related news and updates delivered to your inbox.

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.