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Sudden cardiac death without recognizable cause
In about 10 percent of cases, sudden cardiac death in young people is due to a cardiac gene defect. This was the conclusion drawn by Silke Kauferstein of the Department of Forensic Medicine of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, and her co-authors in the current Deutsches Arzteblatt International. (2009-01-29)

Gene associated with sudden cardiac death identified by ICD monitoring
A gene associated with sudden cardiac death in the general population has been identified using implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) monitoring in research presented for the first time at ESC Congress today. The research included patients from the DISCOVERY trial and Oregon-SUDS and discovered that a polymorphism in the GNAS gene predicted ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. (2015-08-31)

Key takeaways from three landmark heart studies
New findings about sudden cardiac arrest, one of medicine's biggest mysteries, were revealed at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. (2018-11-12)

Weekday mornings are no longer peak times for sudden cardiac arrest
Heart experts have long believed that weekday mornings -- and especially Mondays -- were the danger zones for unexpected deaths from sudden cardiac arrests. But a new Cedars-Sinai study shows those peak times have disappeared and now, sudden cardiac arrests are more likely to happen on any day at any time. (2018-10-02)

Fish oil may protect dialysis patients from sudden cardiac death
A study published in Kidney International has found that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of patients just starting hemodialysis were very strongly associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death over the first year of their treatment. (2013-02-06)

Study shows younger women don't die a sudden cardiac death for the same reasons as men
A study at Oregon Health & Science University found the causes of sudden cardiac death are different for women 35-44 years old than they are for men in the same age range. But researchers could not find the cause of death for half of the women studied. The study was published in the American Heart Journal this month. Cardiac researchers at OHSU have already started to look for novel and unorthodox causes for sudden cardiac death in women. (2003-10-10)

Common heart condition linked to sudden death
A University of Adelaide-led team of researchers has found a link between sudden cardiac death (when the heart suddenly stops beating) and a common heart condition known as mitral valve prolapse that affects around 12 in every 1000 people worldwide. (2018-09-25)

Frequent sauna use protects men against cardiac death
Frequent -- even daily -- taking a sauna can reduce the risk of cardiac death, according to a recent study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The 20-year follow-up study discovered that men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 63 percent less likely to experience a sudden cardiac death than those taking a sauna once a week. (2015-02-25)

Patients with common heart failure more likely to have lethal heart rhythms
New Smidt Heart Institute Research shows that patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) are more likely to have lethal heart rhythms. (2018-11-12)

Sudden cardiac arrest in athletes: Prevention and management
It's marathon season, and every so often a news report will focus on an athlete who has collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest. Although uncommon, these events get attention. A new review in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) looks at recent evidence to help physicians prevent and manage the risk of sudden cardiac arrest in competitive athletes. (2019-07-15)

Sex poses little risk of triggering sudden cardiac arrest
Worried whether your heart health is strong enough for sex? A new study may lay your fears to rest: The risk that sex would trigger a sudden cardiac arrest is exceedingly small. (2017-11-13)

Factors linked with increased risk of cardiac arrest for adolescents with certain heart condition
Researchers have identified several factors that are linked with an increased risk for cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death among adolescents with long-QT syndrome, an abnormality of the electrical conducting system of the heart, characterized by a specific finding on the ECG, according to a study in the Sept. 13 issue of JAMA. (2006-09-12)

Sudden Cardiac Death May Run In Families
Researchers have shown, for the first time, that sudden cardiac death in men runs in families, according to a study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (1999-04-20)

Public health researchers develop model to predict Sudden Cardiac Death
Researchers from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health developed a sudden cardiac death (SCD) predictive model that can help identify and prevent the disease in individuals at high risk. (2016-08-25)

Study links sex hormone levels in the blood to risk of sudden cardiac arrest
Measuring the levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify patients likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, a heart rhythm disorder that is fatal in 95 percent of patients. (2014-09-02)

Sudden cardiac death often a woman's first sign of heart disease
New research from the Center for Cardiac Arrest Prevention at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai shows that rates of sudden cardiac arrest are rising following decades of a downward trend. While this disturbing uptick was observed in both sexes, in women the increase was mostly among those whose sudden cardiac arrest was the first manifestation of heart disease. In men, the increase was mostly among those with known heart disease. (2020-02-17)

Exercise unlikely to cause sudden cardiac death in women
Sudden cardiac death during exertion is an extremely rare occurrence in women, and regular moderate to vigorous exercise may significantly lower the long-term risk, according to a study in the March 22/29 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on women's health. (2006-03-21)

Light alcohol use may protect against sudden cardiac death
In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found that consuming two to six alcoholic drinks per week was associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death in men, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (1999-08-30)

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy under-appreciated cause of sudden cardiac death in male minority athletes
Sudden deaths in young, seemingly healthy competitive athletes are tragic events. In a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, investigators report that more than one-third of recorded cardiovascular deaths were caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the majority in young male minority athletes. Sudden deaths due to genetic and/or congenital heart diseases are uncommon in females, but relatively common in African-American and other minorities compared to whites. (2016-06-27)

Sharp decrease in deaths from sudden cardiac arrest
Only a few decades ago, sudden cardiac arrest was a death sentence. Today, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is saved roughly once every six hours in Sweden, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reviewing all cases of sudden cardiac arrest over a 30-year period. (2011-11-22)

Middle-aged athletes at low risk for sudden cardiac arrest while exercising
Middle-aged athletes are at low risk for having a sudden cardiac arrest while playing sports, and those who do have a greater chance of surviving the usually fatal condition, shows a new Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute study. (2015-04-06)

Overweight, obesity early in life increase risk of cardiac death
Overweight and obesity throughout adulthood, and especially elevated weight in early adulthood, were associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac death in a 32-year study of more than 72,000 women published today in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. (2015-11-25)

Enzyme prevents fatal heart condition associated with athletes
Scientists have discovered an important enzyme molecule that may prevent fatal cardiac disorders associated with cardiac hypertrophy -- the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. (2011-05-25)

Risk of sudden cardiac death appears increased within 30 days of heart attack
The risk of sudden cardiac death following a heart attack has declined significantly in the past 30 years, although patients appear to be at elevated risk for sudden cardiac death for the first month after having a heart attack, after which time their risk decreases unless they develop heart failure, according to a study in the Nov. 5 issue of JAMA. (2008-11-04)

Heart institute awarded NIH grant to help predict vulnerability to sudden cardiac arrest
The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute has been awarded a $1.66 million, four-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop a measurement system that could help doctors predict which patients could be struck by sudden cardiac arrest, a heart rhythm disturbance that causes instant death in more than 95 percent of cases. (2010-07-06)

NASPE's 24th Annual Scientific Sessions
Meeting includes more than 100 special sessions, mini-courses, clinical tutorials, meet-the-experts luncheons, and findings from the latest clinical trials on such topics as atrial fibrillation, cardiac resynchronization therapy, and sudden cardiac death. Some of the world's leading authorities in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing join more than 6,000 attendees. (2003-04-23)

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute physician-researcher awarded NHLBI grant
One of medicine's most prominent experts in sudden cardiac arrest has received a new $2.36 million grant to study how to better predict the deadly heart condition that kills an estimated 300,000 Americans each year. (2014-12-03)

Even moderate smoking associated with sudden death risk in women
Women who are even light-to-moderate cigarette smokers may be significantly more likely than nonsmokers to suffer sudden cardiac death, according to new research in Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology, an American Heart Association journal. (2012-12-11)

Sudden death not surprising in many women
Most women who die from an abrupt loss of heart function (called sudden cardiac death) have no prior history of heart disease. However, 94 percent of these women have at least one cardiac risk factor such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2003-04-14)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Aug. 21, 2007, issue
A systematic review finds that implantable cardioverter defibrillators are safe and significantly reduce death for adults with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. (2007-08-20)

Quarter of sudden arythmic deaths could be hereditary
UK research in this week's issue of The Lancet highlights how a quarter of sudden cardiac deaths could be due to inherited heart disease. Results of the study have implications for screening in families at risk. (2003-10-31)

Risk factors for sudden death for adult muscular dystrophy identified
The largest assessment of people with adult muscular dystrophy has identified risk factors that can lead to sudden death for individuals with the most common form of this disease. Results of multi-center study, led by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers, are published in June 19 New England Journal of Medicine. (2008-06-18)

Sports-related sudden cardiac death is reduced by pre-participation cardiovascular screening
The introduction in Italy in 1982 of a nationwide pre participation screening program considerably reduced sudden cardiac death in young competitive athletes. In athletes with documented malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmias, competitive sports are contraindicated. A possible exception is represented by ventricular arrhythmias occurring in the context of acute and transient myocardial lesion, such as myocarditis, commotio cordis, acute electrolytic depletion, when the cause has proven to be completely resolved. (2008-08-31)

Rhythm abnormality of unknown origin strongly predicts sudden death risk in heart disease patients
Researchers conducting a large, ongoing study to improve detection and prevention of sudden cardiac death were surprised to discover that a specific heart rhythm abnormality -- idiopathic QT interval prolongation -- increased risk five-fold among patients with coronary artery disease. (2009-02-02)

EUROPACE 2009, the leading European congress on cardiac arrhythmias and pacing
EUROPACE, the official congress of the European Heart Rhythm Association, is today the foremost European meeting on cardiac arrhythmias and pacing. More than 4,000 participants are expected to attend this year's event, whose main themes are atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. (2009-06-10)

Protection from sudden cardiac death in women may be linked with a diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid
Women who reported eating diets rich in oils containing alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) seemed to have a lower risk of dying from heart disease and sudden cardiac death than women whose diets are low in the plant-derived fatty acid. (2004-11-08)

Automatic external defibrillators save lives in amateur sports and fitness centers
Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) save lives in amateur sports and fitness centers, according to research presented at ESC Congress today. The 18-year study found that survival from cardiac arrest reached 93 percent in centers equipped with an AED. (2017-08-27)

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival just 7 percent
The Paris Sudden Death Expertise Centre Registry is a population-based registry using multiple sources to collect every case of cardiac arrest in Greater Paris (population 6.6 million) according to the Utstein Style.1 Cases are continuously recorded (within hours of occurrence) and standardized follow-up is initiated on admission to the intensive care unit. Incidence, prognostic factors and outcomes are recorded. (2013-09-01)

Obesity, other risks play large role in sudden cardiac arrest among the young
Obesity and other common cardiovascular risk factors may play a greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among younger people than previously recognized, underscoring the importance of earlier screening, a Cedars-Sinai study has found. (2018-02-12)

Marathons cut risk of fatal vehicle crashes
Organized marathons are not associated with an increased risk of sudden death, despite the media attention they attract. In fact, marathons lower the risk of fatal motor vehicle crashes that might otherwise have taken place if the roads had not been closed, finds a study in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ. (2007-12-20)

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