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Ethnicity, weight 'increase sudden cardiac death risk'

Ethnicity, weight 'increase sudden cardiac death risk'
26th July 2011

Scientists have investigated the difference between people who survive a heart attack and those who experience sudden cardiac death in a study bound to be of interest to those looking to find a care home.

The study, published in journal Heart, revealed that being of black ethnicity was predictive of high sudden cardiac death risk, but a lower predisposition to coronary heart disease when compared to non-black individuals.

Furthermore, hypertension and increased heart rate were found to be stronger predictors of sudden cardiac death compared to coronary heart disease.

In addition, being extremely overweight or underweight was also indicative of sudden cardiac death.

Elsayed Z Soliman explained: "Since sudden cardiac death usually occurs before patients ever make it to the hospital, there is very little that can be done to save them.

"Identifying specific predictors that separate the risk of sudden cardiac death from that of non-fatal or not immediately fatal heart attacks would be the first step to address this problem, which was the basis for our study."

In other news, individuals with high levels of abdominal and liver fat may have a higher risk of heart disease, according to a paper published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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