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      Gender Difference in the Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Death

      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Sudden death, Coronary artery disease, Female gender

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          Abstract

          Sudden cardiac death is most often caused by ventricular dysrhythmias. Although women have an incidence of sudden death lower than that of men, 34% of coronary deaths in women are sudden deaths. The atherogenic risk factors do not predict which women are at the highest risk of sudden cardiac death. Left ventricular hypertrophy is a strong risk factor for sudden cardiac death in women. Asymptomatic ventricular dysrhythmias, a risk factor for death after myocardial infarction in men, do not increase the risk of death in women. This gender difference in the risk of sudden cardiac death deserves further attention, since it affects the evaluation of interventions designed to reduce the rate of sudden cardiac death.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5222-6
          978-3-318-00318-5
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1990
          1990
          12 November 2008
          : 77
          : Suppl 2
          : 31-40
          Affiliations
          University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Mass., USA
          Article
          174652 Cardiology 1990;77:31–40
          10.1159/000174652
          2142895
          © 1990 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 10
          Categories
          Cardiovascular Disease in Women

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