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Community study of the causes of "natural" sudden death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3147014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three hundred and fifty cases of "natural" sudden death within six hours of onset of symptoms in people ranging in age from 18 to 69 years in Wandsworth were studied using a detailed necropsy protocol to determine the cause of death. Sudden death occurred in 28 (8%) Asians and blacks, but because of the small number they were excluded from the study, leaving 322 cases. Ischaemic heart disease accounted for 189 (59%) of the 322 sudden deaths (155 (65%) men; 34 (41%) women) and no proportional increase in instantaneous compared with non-instantaneous sudden death was found. Non-ischaemic cardiac disease was the cause of sudden death in 24 cases (7.5%). Non-cardiac disease included pulmonary emboli, aortic aneurysms, and intracerebral haemorrhage and caused 89 (27.6%) deaths. Alcohol was the cause of nine deaths (2.8%) and in 11 (3.4%) cases (six men and five women) no cause of death was found. This study shows that although ischaemic heart disease is the single largest cause of sudden natural death there are other major causes.
A C Thomas; P A Knapman; D M Krikler; M J Davies
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  297     ISSN:  0959-8138     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ     Publication Date:  1988 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-03-28     Completed Date:  1989-03-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8900488     Medline TA:  BMJ     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1453-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Pathology Unit, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholism / complications
Cause of Death*
Central Nervous System Diseases / complications
Coronary Disease / complications
Death, Sudden / epidemiology,  etiology*
Middle Aged
Respiratory Tract Diseases / complications

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