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SADS Foundation Announces Major Gift from Medtronic Foundation

Salt Lake City, UT, March 09, 2011 --( The SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 Patient Link grant from the Medtronic Foundation for the "Keeping Hearts Beating" Outreach and Awareness Campaign. This life-saving campaign will allow the SADS Foundation to distribute awareness materials throughout the United States, assist families in identifying who may be affected by SADS, and recruit and train physicians throughout the US to recognize, diagnose and treat SADS conditions before sudden death occurs.

“SADS conditions cause nearly 4,000 deaths of children and young people every year in the United States. The SADS Foundation is reaching an ever-increasing number of families in an effort to prevent sudden death in the young," said SADS Foundation President and CEO Alice Lara. "Deaths of young people due to SADS are preventable if the warning signs are known, and if physicians recognize and appropriately treat them."

The Keeping Hearts Beating campaign was created in 2010 to bring awareness of the warning signs of SADS conditions to population centers including schools, fitness centers, pediatrician offices and emergency rooms, and community centers, malls, etc. For more information or to receive information on the Keeping Hearts Beating campaign, please visit

The Medtronic Foundation’s Patient Link Grant Program partners with national and international patient organizations that educate, support and advocate on behalf of patients and their families to improve the lives of people with chronic diseases. For more information on the Medtronic Foundation, visit

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) are genetic heart conditions that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people. These conditions can be treated and deaths can be prevented. Learn the warning Signs of SADS conditions and you might save a young person’s life.

-Family history of unexpected, unexplained sudden death in a young person
-Fainting (syncope) or seizure during exercise, excitement or startle
-Consistent or unusual chest pain and/or shortness of breath during exercise

About the SADS Foundation
Formed in 1992, the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation’s mission is to save the lives and support the families of children & young adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities. We are committed to promoting the early detection and treatment of these conditions throughout the world. The Foundation distributes materials in every state through grass roots efforts in order to teach families, educators and medical professionals about SADS conditions.

To find out more information about SADS conditions, their warning signs and a risk assessment contact:
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation
Phone: 1.800.STOP-SAD (800.786.7723)
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Contact: Laura Wall
March 7, 2011 Office: 801.531.0937
Cell: 801.641.7148

508 E. South Temple, Suite 202
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Phone: (801) 531-0937 or 1-800-STOP-SAD (786-7723)
Fax: (801) 531-0945

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Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation
Laura Wall

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