Epidemiology of Sudden Cardiac Death: Global and Regional Perspectives

Christopher X. Wong, Alex Brown, Dennis H. Lau, Sumeet S. Chugh, Christine M. Albert, Jonathan M. Kalman, Prash Sanders

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Despite advancements in prevention and treatment, sudden cardiac death (SCD) remains a leading cause of mortality and is responsible for approximately half of all deaths from cardiovascular disease. Outcomes continue to remain poor following a sudden cardiac arrest, with most individuals not surviving. Although coronary heart disease remains the dominant underlying condition, our understanding of SCD is improving through greater knowledge of clinical risk factors, cardiomyopathies, and primary arrhythmic disorders. However, despite a growing wealth of information from studies in North America, Europe, and Japan, data from other global regions (and particularly from low-and middle-income countries) remains scarce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalHeart Lung and Circulation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Epidemiology
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Sudden death
  • Ventricular arrhythmia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Wong, C. X., Brown, A., Lau, D. H., Chugh, S. S., Albert, C. M., Kalman, J. M., & Sanders, P. (2019). Epidemiology of Sudden Cardiac Death: Global and Regional Perspectives. Heart Lung and Circulation, 28(1), 6-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2018.08.026