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Mysterious Disease Is Killing Hundreds In Australia
“Around 750 people in the Australian state of Victoria allegedly die due to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome every year
The term describes unexpected deaths in young people when a post-mortem could not find causes
Parents should have their children screened for the condition if their family has a history of cardiac illness
The death of a 31-year-old woman last year has been attributed to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), a condition that may be causing hundreds of people to die annually in the Australian state of Victoria.
Advertising executive Catherine Keane died in her sleep last July while living with two friends in Dublin, Ireland. Her mother, Margherita Cummins, has since urged other parents to get their children screened for SADS if their family has a history of cardiac illness, News.com.au reported.
SADS, also called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, is an “umbrella term to describe unexpected deaths in young people,” usually under the age of 40, when a post-mortem could not find obvious death causes, according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
The most common SADS conditions include genetic arrhythmia syndromes such as long QT syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and Brugada syndrome, the organization stated.
It is unclear how many deaths are attributed to the condition globally every year, but a register by Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (BHDI) suggested SADS kills about 750 young people in the state of Victoria annually, a report by 7News.com.au said.
“Of these, approximately 100 young people per year will have no cause found even after extensive investigations such as a full autopsy,” Dr. Elizabeth Paratz, a cardiologist and researcher at BHDI, told the outlet…”