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Sudden death in athletes: preventable or inevitable?

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a tragic and devastating complication of a number of underlying cardiovascular diseases. In people younger than 35 years, genetic heart diseases such as inherited cardiomyopathies, namely, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), and primary arrhythmogenic disorders, including familial long QT syndrome, represent an important cause of SCD.1,2 In those younger than 35 years, coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction together comprise over 90% of SCD cases. Understanding the causes and arrhythmogenic substrates underpinning SCD and elucidating what specific factors may trigger malignant arrhythmias represent key foundations for the development of treatment and prevention strategies to reduce SCD in our communities.

Semsarian C, Sweeting J, Ingles J

Heart Rhythm 2014, 11(10) 1682-1683 IF: 5.045

Date: 2014