Adult Mortality Syndrome (SADS) is not associated with vaccines

Sudden Major Death Syndrome (SADS) is a term used to describe sudden cardiac death in young people. According to some social networks, this is not related to vaccines.

The British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail published an article on June 8: “Healthy young people are dying of the mysterious syndrome suddenly and unexpectedly because doctors are looking for answers through a new national register.”

The article was about Sudden Death Syndrome (SADS) in adults and has been shared hundreds of times on social media.

Conservative Candice Owens shared the article on Facebook, writing: “I want to make it clear that my children are not fully vaccinated and will remain, and that my parents really want me to make other decisions. In other news, have you read about how young people die suddenly and why it is a mystery to doctors?

SADS has had a trend since the article was published, with social media users linking to Google if SADS could be linked to vaccines.


Is Sudden Adult Death Syndrome Related to Vaccines?



No, sudden death syndrome, also known as sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, has nothing to do with vaccines. SADS occurs when someone has a sudden cardiac death. This is a syndrome that has been studied for decades.

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Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome or sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) is a term used to describe sudden cardiac death in young people, says the Mayo Clinic.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, it is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 40 and affects twice as many men as women. It can also occur in young people, such as teenage athletes who die suddenly while exercising.

According to the SADS Foundation, SADS is not the same as sudden infant death syndrome. SIDS means unexplained deaths in the first year of life.

SADS conditions are conditions of hereditary genetic arrhythmias that occur when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions, the cause of SIDS is still unknown, says the SADS Foundation VERIFY in an email.

The most common cause of SADS is a cardiac arrhythmia or electrical disorder, MD Payal Kohli told VERIFY.

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Kohli is a non-invasive cardiologist, founder and medical director of Denver-based Cherry Creek Heart. He is also an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Department of Cardiology at the University of Colorado.

“I am very happy to hear that [SADS] online trend. For me, as a cardiologist, I have known about this for decades, ”said Kohli. “It usually happens in the family, then you can notice some electrical problems or something called cardiomyopathy. It’s a heart muscle problem, it leads to sudden unexplained death in young people.”

SADS COVID-19 existed long before its release and subsequent vaccines were available.

In the VERIFY e-mail, the SADS Foundation described the first documented case of SADS in 1856 in Germany and studied in the United States since the early 1970s. The SADS Foundation is an organization that provides public education services on SADS.

“It’s not the biggest pandemic in two years,” he said [vaccine] Because of these conditions, there are programs to increase the number of deaths in the world, “said Michael J. Ackerman, MD, Ph.D, through the VERIFY SADS Foundation of the Mayo Clinical Medical College.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (VAERS), SADS has not been reported as a adverse reaction to COVID-19 vaccines. VAERS was established in 1990 to identify potential safety concerns for licensed vaccines in the United States. It is run jointly by the CDC and the FDA.

Kohli told VERIFY that he doesn’t know why anyone would make such a connection between SADS and vaccination.

“The connection between vaccination and sudden arrhythmic death syndrome has made me lose my mind because we have been vaccinating for decades. And we have not seen vaccinations lead to this syndrome, it is actually, by definition, arrhythmia, caused for no reason, and often genetic, ”he said.

Any condition that causes heart strain or damage to the heart tissue increases the risk of sudden death. The Mayo Clinic says there are some conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in young people:

  • Thickened heart muscle
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • Abyssal chest injury
  • congenital heart defect

“If someone in your family, your parents, siblings, parents or aunts and uncles die suddenly for unknown reasons, these are the types of populations that we have intensified our screening efforts. The reason we pay attention to our athletes is not so much because they inevitably have a higher risk [SADS]but if they do, the risk of death may be higher. Because when you’re in a competitive sport, your heart is a little stressed … if you have a genetic predisposition, it can cause electrical problems.

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To check someone’s health, see a doctor or cardiologist:

  • Get a complete medical history of the individual and family
  • Have a blood test to make sure there are no electrolyte abnormalities that could affect the heart.
  • Order an ECG, this is a procedure that creates a map of the heart
  • In some cases, order advanced images of the heart called an echocardiogram.

By collecting all of these tests, a doctor can determine if there is a risk of a cardiac arrhythmia that could lead to sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, Kohli said.

The Mayo Clinic encourages people to look for warning signs of various conditions that can lead to SADS:

  • Unexplained loss of consciousness (syncope). Loss of consciousness during exercise or exercise may indicate the presence of heart disease.
  • Respiratory or chest pain. These symptoms can be a sign of heart disease. However, they can be caused by asthma, so a thorough health assessment is important.
  • Family history of sudden cardiac death. A person who dies suddenly from a heart attack in the family is more likely to have a heart type. If you have a history of unknown deaths in your family, talk to your healthcare provider about screening options.

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