Can sudden cardiac death in the young be predicted and prevented? Lessons from autopsy for the emergency physician

Jennifer L. White, Anna Marie Chang, Sergi Cesar, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada

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Abstract

Sudden unexpected death in the young, though rare, is devastating for both the family and the community. Although only 1.3 to 8.5 cases of sudden cardiac death (SCD) occur per 100 000 young people, autopsy is often inconclusive. Many causes of SCD are related to autosomal dominant inherited risk, however; therefore, answers are important for survivors. Causes of autopsy-positive SCD in young patients include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. Autopsy-negative SCD has been related to inherited arrhythmogenic causes such as long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, and idiopathic ventricular fibrillation. The important question for the emergency physician is how SCD can be predicted and prevented in the young so that there is no need for an autopsy.

Translated title of the contributionCan sudden cardiac death in the young be predicted and prevented? Lessons from autopsy for the emergency physician
LanguageSpanish
Pages194-200
Number of pages7
JournalEmergencias
Volume30
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Sudden Cardiac Death
Autopsy
Emergencies
Physicians
Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
Brugada Syndrome
Long QT Syndrome
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Sudden Death
Survivors

Keywords

  • Autopsy
  • Autosomal dominant disorder
  • Sudden unexpected death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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White, J. L., Chang, A. M., Cesar, S., & Sarquella-Brugada, G. (2018). ¿Se puede predecir y prevenir la muerte súbita cardiaca en sujetos jóvenes? Algunas indicaciones para el urgenciólogo. Emergencias, 30(3), 194-200.

¿Se puede predecir y prevenir la muerte súbita cardiaca en sujetos jóvenes? Algunas indicaciones para el urgenciólogo. / White, Jennifer L.; Chang, Anna Marie; Cesar, Sergi; Sarquella-Brugada, Georgia.

In: Emergencias, Vol. 30, No. 3, 01.06.2018, p. 194-200.

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White, JL, Chang, AM, Cesar, S & Sarquella-Brugada, G 2018, '¿Se puede predecir y prevenir la muerte súbita cardiaca en sujetos jóvenes? Algunas indicaciones para el urgenciólogo' Emergencias, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 194-200.
White, Jennifer L. ; Chang, Anna Marie ; Cesar, Sergi ; Sarquella-Brugada, Georgia. / ¿Se puede predecir y prevenir la muerte súbita cardiaca en sujetos jóvenes? Algunas indicaciones para el urgenciólogo. In: Emergencias. 2018 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 194-200.
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