Sudden cardiac death
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Manner of death in connection with electrical problems of the heart, usually caused by ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation (as opposed to the heart infarct with damage to the cardiac muscle resulting from a blocked artery). Can also occur as the result of a myocardial rupture or a total AV block. An AICD system can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death

Author(s): Kinderherzstiftung, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Sticker, Hermine Nock
Last updated: 2009-04-28