Sudden cardiac death


Authors: M. Mikolášková 1;  M. Sepši 1;  J. Špinar 1,2
Authors‘ workplace: Interní kardiologická klinika LF MU a FN Brno 1;  Mezinárodní centrum klinického výzkumu, FN u sv. Anny v Brně 2
Published in: Kardiol Rev Int Med 2015, 17(2): 106-111
Category: Cardiology Review

Overview

Sudden cardiac death (cardiac death) is defined as death from cardiac causes occurring within one hour of the onset of symptoms wherein the time and course of death are unforeseen. In 80% of cases sudden cardiac death occurs as a result of malignant arrhythmias – ventricular fibrillation and sustained ven­tricular tachycardia mostly associated with structural heart disease. Current stratification methods allow identifying the patients at risk of sudden cardiac death in groups with clearly defined heart disease. There are no stratification methods for the general population. Unexpected causes of this disease creates a need for discovering new methods which would lead to more effective prevention and identification of patients at risk.

Keywords:
sudden cardiac death – primary prevention – risk stratification – implantable cardioverter-defibrillator – arrhythmia


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