Insurance Discrimination in Sudden Death Genetic Heart Conditions

A recent study published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation found that a majority of individuals who have a Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS) diagnosis and/or relatives applying for various types of insurance (such as health, life, travel, and disability) were denied coverage.  The preexisting SADS diagnosis was the predominant reason given for denial.

Though HCM does not generally fall under the SADS umbrella, these findings are equally concerning for HCM families.

SADS conditions generally include:

For more information on these conditions, visit the SADS Foundation.