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Heart, Lung and Circulation

Societal Change is Necessary to Reduce Sudden Cardiac Death

Published:October 13, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2022.07.022
      The World Health Organization estimates that cardiovascular diseases were responsible for almost 18 million deaths globally in 2019 [

      World Health Organization. Global health estimates: life expectancy and leading causes of death and disability.

      ], and of these, around half were classified as sudden cardiac death (SCD) [
      • Wong C.X.
      • Brown A.
      • Lau D.H.
      • Chugh S.S.
      • Albert C.M.
      • Kalman J.M.
      • et al.
      Epidemiology of sudden cardiac death: global and regional perspectives.
      ]. In 50% of cases of SCD, sudden cardiac arrest is the presenting manifestation of the underlying cardiovascular disease, and a further 20% of the deaths are due to cardiomyopathies or genetic aetiologies which are mostly undiagnosed prior to sudden cardiac arrest [
      • Wong C.X.
      • Brown A.
      • Lau D.H.
      • Chugh S.S.
      • Albert C.M.
      • Kalman J.M.
      • et al.
      Epidemiology of sudden cardiac death: global and regional perspectives.
      ,
      • Yow A.G.
      • Rajasurya V.
      • Sharma S.
      Sudden cardiac death. StatPearls [Internet].
      ].

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