Racial differences in sudden cardiac death

Erin A. Fender, Charles A. Henrikson, Larisa Tereshchenko

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There is an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), in African Americans, the basis of which is likely multifactorial. African Americans have higher rates of traditional cardiac risk factors including hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, diabetes, coronary heart disease, and heart failure. There are also significant disparities in health care delivery. While these factors undoubtedly affect health outcomes, there is also growing evidence that genetics may have a significant impact as well. In this paper, we discuss data and hypotheses in support of both sides of the controversy around racial differences in SCD/SCA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-818
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Race
  • Sudden cardiac death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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