Loud Bass Music and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome

A student died of SADS at a freshers’ party after complaining the music is “getting to his heart”.

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome is a disorder of the electrical system of the heart that can lead to the death of apparently healthy people without any warning according to the http://www.sads.org.uk/

Is it possible that loud bass music could bring on such a condition? Herewith a recent article:

Student who complained of loud bass music ‘getting to his heart’ dropped dead at freshers’ party day after enrolling at university

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:50 PM on 08th December 2009

Tom Reid.jpg Tom Reid, 19, is believed to have suffered from a heart disorder that affects young people

A brilliant student collapsed and died at a freshers’ party after complaining that the loud bass music was ‘getting to his heart’, an inquest heard.

Apparently healthy Tom Reid, 19, had only enrolled at university the day before he suddenly dropped dead in a crowded London club with a heart condition.

Today, his parents told of their anguish at the death of the ‘amazing’ linguistics student, from Leeds, which came just hours after they had shared a meal with him.

A coroner recorded a verdict of natural causes and said the award-winning public speaker had suffered from Sudden Arrythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), a disorder of the electrical system of the heart that affects young people.

Halina and Anthony Reid had driven to University College London with Tom’s belongings on Sunday, September 27 and the family shared a farewell lunch.

During the meal, Tom had made a passing comment about occasionally suffering heart palpations in response to his mother saying she had experienced irregular heartbeats, St Pancras Coroners Court heard.

Mr Reid, a sales engineer, said: ‘Basically he said “Mum, mine sometimes does that.”

‘It was a remark. It wasn’t a complaint.’

That night he went out with a friend to Koko in Camden, North London, and after complaining of a ‘fast and irregular’ heartbeat he was pronounced dead at University College Hospital in the early hours of the next morning.

Tom’s friend Alisha Riseley said on the night of his death they went to the club and as it filled up they had been pushed towards the speakers.

She said: ‘Tom said he felt like the bass was getting to his heart and we went to stand at the back.’ 

My heart feels funny, I think the bass is affecting me. Oh God, I feel very weird. My heart is beating so fast’

He told her: ‘My heart feels funny, I think the bass is affecting me. Oh God, I feel very weird. My heart is beating so fast.’

After falling ill at about 1.30am, the pair went to see a medic at the club shortly after 2am.

Miss Riseley told the court the medic had ‘preferred’ Tom to go to hospital but said he could also go home and hope he felt better.

The student had intially been keen not to ‘make a fuss’, but while he was still weighing up his options he suddenly collapsed in a side room at the club.

Ms Riseley said: ‘He suddenly leant to the side and keeled over as though he fainted.’

The medic started CPR and then paramedics tried to shock his heart into action six or seven times but his pulse only returned for 30 seconds each time, the inquest heard.

Tom was rushed to hospital and despite further treatment he was pronounced dead at 3.11am, less than two hours after first complaining of feeling unwell.

Toxicology tests showed no drugs or alcohol in his blood, while a friend said he had only bought two drinks during the night.

In a statement, Mr Reid and his wife said: ‘As parents we are totally devastated over the enormous loss of our beloved son – it has created a void which can never, ever be filled.

‘Tom was an amazing individual. He loved life and he loved his family and friends.

‘Academically brilliant, he achieved a highly prestigious place at UCL, studying linguistics.

‘He achieved the very highest grades at A level and simultaneously, he was awarded a national award for public speaking – the Voice Of The Future.

‘Voted “personality of the year” at his leavers prom, he was adored by all. He had a brilliant life ahead of him. We were, and we remain, tremendously proud of our precious son.

‘His death nearly destroyed us too. Every child is precious – Tom was our world.’

The statement added: ”What a sad indictment of our society that it was automatically assumed that Tom’s death was alcohol related just because he was in a club with friends having fun.’

The family said they were ‘horrified’ to learn that SADS claimed the lives the at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people each week.

They added that they had been working with the charity, Cardiac Risk In The Young (CRY) which works with people affected by SADS.

Pathologist Dr Sian Hughes told the court Tom’s heart was ‘structurally normal’ and showed no signs of coronary disease. She thought he had died of an ‘undetectable condition in his heart’.

She said SADS, a new condition that is still being probed by cardiologists, was the most likely cause of the sudden death.

The court heard the condition can be genetic and the family were warned to have regular check-ups.

Coroner Dr Andrew Reid said: ‘I hope some lessons may be learnt from his tragic death, although those lessons may be of limited consolation to his bereaved parents and relatives.

‘The nature and circumstances of his death has implications for his first degree relatives. It may be something that some or all of them need to keep in their minds.’

He added that cardiologists were observing ‘more and more’ new irregular heart rhythms that come under the SADS umbrella.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1234191/Student-complained-loud-bass-music-getting-heart-dropped-dead-freshers-party-day-enrolling-university.html#ixzz0eeUumhzd

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