Archive - Nov 26, 2012

Archive - Nov 26, 2012

Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

Atrial fibrillation may raise the risk of sudden cardiac death, according to findings from two large population-based cohorts, according to a report in MedPage Today.

The risk of sudden cardiac death was elevated 3.26-fold with incident atrial fibrillation in multivariate analysis of the ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study, Lin Y. Chen, MD, MS, of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, and colleagues found.

And the risk was 2.14 times higher after onset of Afib in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), the group reported online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

If confirmed, the sudden cardiac death finding "adds to our evolving understanding that Afib is not a benign condition," they wrote.

Preventative Screening for Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Debated

Authors disagree on real cost of screening

While ensuring the safety of high school and college athletes is hardly controversial, the method and associated costs of doing so are hotly debated. Conducting electrocardiographic (ECG) screenings of all young competitive athletes in the United States would cost up to $69 billion over 20 years and save about 4,813 lives, making the cost per life saved over $10 million, according to a study published online today in theJournal of the American College of Cardiology.

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