4 years ago

Recent advances in understanding and prevention of sudden cardiac death [version 1; referees: 2 approved]

Matthew D. Perry, Adam P. Hill, Jamie I. Vandenberg
There have been tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease over the last 50 years. Nevertheless, it remains the number one cause of death. About half of heart-related deaths occur suddenly, and in about half of these cases the person was unaware that they had underlying heart disease. Genetic heart disease accounts for only approximately 2% of sudden cardiac deaths, but as it typically occurs in younger people it has been a particular focus of activity in our quest to not only understand the underlying mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmogenesis but also develop better strategies for earlier detection and prevention. In this brief review, we will highlight trends in the recent literature focused on sudden cardiac death in genetic heart diseases and how these studies are contributing to a broader understanding of sudden death in the community.

Publisher URL: https://f1000research.com/articles/6-1614/v1

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.11855.1

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