SADS Host Their 5th International Conference in Atlanta

The Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation (SADS) will host their 5th International Conference in Atlanta October 1st and 2nd.

Salt Lake City, UT, September 29, 2011 --( October, 2011 will represent the 20th anniversary of the founding of the SADS Foundation. In celebration, the SADS Foundation will host the 5th Annual International Conference “Preventing Unexpected Sudden Death in the Young” October 1-2 in Atlanta. This CME accredited program will feature world-leaders in SADS conditions with cutting-edge discussions including:

Michael Ackerman, MD, Ph.D, Director, Long QT Syndrome/Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic & Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory, Mayo Clinic. “State of Pre-and Post-Mortem Genetic Testing for the Cardiac Channelopathies”

Silvia Priori, MD, Ph.D. Director, Cardiovascular Genetics Program, Professor of Medicine, NYU Director of Medical Cardiology, Pavia, Italy. “What Have We Learned from Risk Stratification for Channelopathies: Are Channelopathies Always Life-Threatening?”

Daniel Roden, MD, CM, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. “LQTS and Brugada Drug Lists: How Are They Constructed: What Do They Mean?”

Peter Fischbach, MD, M.A., Chief Academic Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center: “LQTS versus CPVT versus SQTS: Diagnosing Channelopathies”

Philip Saul, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Children’s Heart Center of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. “ICDs: The Upside and the Downside”

Susan Etheridge, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Assistant Director of Pedicatric Cardiology, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT. “Challenges of Living with SADS: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?”

Stuart Berger, MD, Medical Director – The Heart Center Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. “The AED Sudden Death Safety Net - Can it Work?”

Ask-an-Expert Panel – Moderator, Robert Campbell, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Sibley Heart Center

In addition, there will be a special Gala 20th Anniversary and Volunteer Awards Dinner featuring co-founders, Dr. Michael Vincent and Katherine Timothy.

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. SADS conditions cause nearly 4,000 deaths of children and young people every year in the United States. The warning signs are:

-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 internationally through grass roots efforts in order to teach families, educators and medical professionals about SADS conditions.


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