Sudden Cardiac Death in Sport

Sudden Cardiac Death in Sport   
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Dr David Prior, Deputy Director of Cardiology, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 6 February 2018
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Introduction

Although not a universally accepted definition, Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) can be considered a nontraumatic, nonviolent, unexpected death due to cardiac causes within 1 hour of the onset of symptoms [Koester M, Journal of Athletic Training, (2001)]. This is also known as Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). The most common cause of this kind of sudden death is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).


Key Messages 

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Unexpected death due to cardiac causes is an infrequent occurrence in sport. Understanding the risk factors and management practices will help to frame appropriate policies and actions.




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