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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), pp. 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

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Published date: December 2009
Keywords: alcohol, death, post mortem, sudden cardiac death


Local EPrints ID: 72571
ISSN: 1661-7827
PURE UUID: b3eb4316-24c7-4c79-8c89-cc75195f89f8
ORCID for Nick Sheron: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 19 Feb 2010
Last modified: 24 Jul 2017 16:42

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Author: Alexa H. Templeton
Author: Karen L.T. Carter
Author: Nick Sheron ORCID iD
Author: Patrick J. Gallagher
Author: Clare Verrill

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