Greene et al listed criteria for sudden cardiac death. The authors are from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Criteria for sudden cardiac death – both of the following:

(1) one of the following:

(1a) death <= 1 hour after acute onset of cardiac symptoms

(1b) unexpected death during sleep

(2) exclusion of other causes


Supportive evidence:

(1) history of heart disease

(2) history of potentially fatal arrhythmia


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