Published in Heart Disease Weekly, October 19th, 2003
More people die from sudden cardiac death (SCD) each year than from AIDS, breast cancer, and lung cancer combined. The condition accounts for nearly 60% of all cardiovascular-related deaths, claiming the lives of approximately 300,000 people per year in the U.S.
Yet, because there are few warning signs or symptoms to identify people at risk, and since SCD is by definition fatal, leaving no survivors to study, scientists know little about the underlying mechanisms that cause the condition.
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