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Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a devastating complication of myocardial infarction. The global incidence of coronary artery disease and heart failure has been increasing greatly in recent years. As a consequence, there is expected to be an increase in the incidence of SCD manifesting as a shared worldwide public health problem. This article summarizes SCD epidemiology, with a focus on the anticipated global rise in incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Global health
  • SCD risk
  • Sudden cardiac death


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