Sudden cardiac death: primary prevention [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2005; 33(5): 294-303

Sudden cardiac death: primary prevention

Bülent Özin1, Erdem Diker2
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Sudden cardiac death is the most common mode of death, accounting for approximately half of the mortality from cardiovascular diseases. Ventricular tachyarrhythmias, especially sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia degenerating to ventricular fibrillation are the most common cause of sudden death. About 80% of the victims have coronary artery disease and sudden death is the first manifestation of the disease in a substantial number of patients. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators have been shown to be effective in preventing sudden cardiac death in various situations. In this article, the risk factors for sudden cardiac death, and the results of relevant studies on its primary prevention in certain diseases are reviewed.

Keywords: Amiodarone/therapeutic use; cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic/drug therapy; death, sudden, cardiac/etiology/prevention & control; defibrillators, implantable; primary prevention; risk factors; tachycardia; ventricular dysfunction, left

How to cite this article
Bülent Özin, Erdem Diker. Sudden cardiac death: primary prevention. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2005; 33(5): 294-303
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