Sudden unexplained death due to cardiac arrest

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Vincenza Precone
Giulia Guerri
Geraldo Krasi
Laura Lupi
Ilaria Papa
Tommaso Beccari
Paolo Enrico Maltese
Elena Manara
Matteo Bertelli


Sudden unexplained death, cardiac arrest, arrhythmia


Sudden unexplained death due to cardiac arrest refers to a group of heterogeneous heart disorders characterized by sudden cessation of cardiac activity followed by hemodynamic collapse. It may be associated with structural heart disease or may occur in the absence of structural abnormalities. These inherited conditions increase the risk of sudden unexplained death in living relatives when there is a family history of sudden death. It is recommended to screen other family members of sudden unexplained death victims, as studies have revealed affected individuals in 40% of families.


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