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Australia creates Sudden Adult Death Syndrome registry

Keean Bexte

June 16, 2022

Doctors in Australia are rolling out the country’s first Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) registry due to a recent uptick in young adults inexplicably dying of cardiac arrest.

Australia registry sudden adult death syndrome
Australia creates registry for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

The registry is being created by doctors at Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. These doctors say they’re making the registry as part of a nationwide effort to collect data and deduce the cause of SADS, reports Euro Weekly News.

“In our registry, there are approximately 750 cases per year of people aged under 50 in Victoria suddenly having their heart stop (a cardiac arrest),” a spokeswoman said.

“Of these, approximately 100 young people per year will have no cause found even after extensive investigations such as a full autopsy (the SADS phenomenon).”

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, also known as Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, refers to when an otherwise healthy young adult mysteriously dies of heart complications with post-mortem examinations showing no apparent cause of death, such as blood clots, drug use, or underlying conditions.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Paratz, who’s involved in the registry, “I think even doctors underestimate [SADS]. We only see the 10 per cent who survive and make it to hospital. We only see the tip of the iceberg ourselves.”

“If someone has a heart attack and you do an autopsy, you might see a big clot, that’s a positive finding, but when someone’s had one of these SADS events, the heart is pristine,” she continued. “It’s really hard to know what to do.”

Given the nature of SADS, it isn’t easy to pin it on any one cause. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, sudden cardiac arrest is most likely caused by “undiagnosed heart conditions such as genetic heart disease.”

“The undetected heart problem may cause a young person to suddenly die during physical activity, such as playing competitive sports. However, sometimes sudden cardiac death can occur without exertion,” the Mayo Clinic writes.

Due to debilitating and sometimes fatal heart conditions, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, being known side effects of the COVID vaccine, many, especially those on social media, have blamed the sudden rise in SADS on mRNA vaccine technology.

So-called ‘experts’ and fact-checkers have steadfastly dismissed this claim.

However, to date, it doesn’t appear that there is a single study investigating this claim, nor one documenting the vaccination statuses of those who succumb to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Such a study is, perhaps, now warranted.

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