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(KSL News) A British doctor is in Utah to raise awareness of a dangerous disorder called Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome or SADS.
Today, Nigel Wheeldon and his "Flight for Hearts" team visited with researchers at LDS Hospital who have been pioneers in the study of the disorder, which is sometimes called Long G-T Syndrome. "You only have to talk to one family to realize what a huge issue this is," Wheeldon said.
Wheeldon is consultant cardiologist at the South Yorkshire Cardiac Centre in the United Kingdom and also is a commercial pilot.
Along with his wife and two other pilots, he has undertaken a major series of lectures, meetings, media and publicity events to raise awareness and stimulate provision of services and support for SADS and other heart-related disorders.
It is estimated that SADS may cause 2,000 to 3,000 sudden deaths each year in children and young adults in the United States.