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The variety of existing definitions of sudden cardiac death makes the assessment of trends and the comparison of study results difficult. In 1995/97, the rates of sudden cardiac death were 209 per 100000 for men and 80 per 100000 for women in the age group of 25–74 years according to the data of...
The majority of sudden cardiac deaths are caused by acute fatal ventricular arrhythmias, such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. Some are based on bradyarrhythmias, asystole or electromechanical dissociation. Established etiologic states provide the cardiac substrate for the...
Patients after acute myocardial infarction suffer from an increased risk of sudden cardiac arrhythmogenic death within a time period of one to two years following the acute event. Despite improving strategies for immediate revascularization in the early phase of the infarction (thrombolysis,...
Sudden cardiac death remains a therapeutic challenge for the clinical cardiologist. Although treatment of malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmias has been improved by introduction of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) 20 years ago, primary prevention of fatal arrhythmic events in...
Patients with a history of sudden arrhythmic cardiac death (SACD) have a known significant recurrence rate ranging from 30% to 42% at one year. Because of this substantial number, secondary prevention of SACD has been advocated for a long time. Nevertheless, ongoing debate seems to be put to...
Die Wirksamkeit der Primär- und Sekundärprophylaxe des plötzlichen Herztodes durch die Implantation eines implantierbaren Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICD) konnte in verschiedenen prospektiven Studien gezeigt werden (AVID, CASH, MADIT, MUSST). Dennoch kommt es auch unter ICD-Patienten zu Fällen...
Spontane Generatorperforationen sind seltene Ereignisse und führen meistens direkt zur Hospitalisierung des Patienten, da sie in der Regel mit einer Schrittmachertascheninfektion verbunden sind. Wir berichten über eine 76-jährige Patientin, welche im Rahmen einer dekompensierten...
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