Sudden unexpected death in alcohol misuse – an unrecognized public health issue?
Templeton, Alexa H., Carter, Karen L.T., Sheron, Nick, Gallagher, Patrick J. and Verrill, Clare (2009) Sudden unexpected death in alcohol misuse – an unrecognized public health issue? International journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 6, (12), 3070-3081. (doi:10.3390/ijerph6123070).
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Sudden arrhythmic cardiac death can occur in chronic misusers of alcohol. The only findings at post mortem are fatty liver and a negative or low blood alcohol. This is an under-recognized entity. Coroner‘s post mortems in a typical UK city were studied. Seven out of 1,292 (0.5%) post mortems were deemed to have died of alcohol associated arrhythmic death. Applying this study to the UK as a whole, alcohol related arrhythmic death or as we have termed it SUDAM (Sudden Unexpected Death in Alcohol Misuse) probably accounts for around 1,000 deaths, many of which are misattributed to other causes
|Keywords:||alcohol, death, post mortem, sudden cardiac death|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Infection, Inflammation and Repair
|Date Deposited:||19 Feb 2010|
|Last Modified:||27 Mar 2014 18:51|
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