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Sudden Cardiac Death in Women 

Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
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Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
Author(s):

Laura M. Gravelin

and Rachel J. Lampert

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199321971.003.0008
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date: 20 October 2019

The incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the United States is estimated to be 180,000 to 450,000 events annually. More than one-third of the SCD cases occur in women; this number is more than twice the number of women who die of breast cancer annually. Prediction and prevention of SCD is an area of active investigation, but current guidelines for preventive intervention are applicable to only a very small portion of the population at risk, and only small percentages of women were involved in the studies upon which the guidelines were constructed. Continued efforts to better understand not only SCD in women but also overall cardiovascular processes will improve understanding of arrhythmogenic substrate and susceptibility and will provide opportunities for improved risk stratification and decreased mortality from SCD.

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