#AimForZero: Striving Toward a Future Free from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

The 3.4 million people in the United States living with epilepsy need to know about the potential deadly impact of a single seizure and how they can strive to #AimForZero seizures to reduce their risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

The Importance of Understanding SUDEP Risk

Phil Gattone on #AimForZero

Every year, 1 in 150 people who have uncontrolled seizures dies from SUDEP.1 Accordingly, experts regard SUDEP as the leading epilepsy-related cause of death2; however, in a 2016 survey of more than 1,000 people with epilepsy and caregivers of people with epilepsy, only 18% of respondents reported having discussed the risk of SUDEP with their doctor.

When people with epilepsy and their caregivers are empowered with information to understand SUDEP, they can take action to reduce risk of harm. To respond to this urgency, raise awareness, and promote steps that can help prevent SUDEP, the Epilepsy Foundation’s SUDEP Institute issued this Epilepsy.com Special Report and launched a dedicated #AimForZero hashtag to facilitate greater discussion of SUDEP.

#AimForZero encourages people with epilepsy to get started with reducing their risk of SUDEP with these critical actions. Visit each page to learn why these behaviors are important and what to do.

  1. Take medication as prescribed
  2. Get enough sleep
  3. Limit alcohol and illicit substances
  4. Strive to stop seizures
Don't Stop Here

Talk with your health care team now about your risks for seizures and SUDEP. Work together to create a seizure management and lifestyle plan that's right for you.

Putting these behaviors into action can be challenging for people with epilepsy — and their efforts must be supported by caregivers and healthcare team members.

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In 2017, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society released a new SUDEP Guideline. This guideline is a culmination of a multi-year effort to synthesize the evidence on SUDEP risk and provide recommendations on how neurologists can best communicate risks to patients and families.

1. Tomson T, Nashef L, Ryvlin P. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: current knowledge and future directions. Lancet Neurol. 2008;7(11):1021-31.

2. Miller WR, Young N. Discussing Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) with Patients: Practices of Health-Care Providers. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Mar: 32: 38-41. Available online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3985269/. Last accessed May 26, 2016.

Authored By:

Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute

on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Resources

Epilepsy Centers

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