Sudden cardiac deaths rise by 10% in young Americans
The number of adolescents and young adults dying each year from sudden cardiac arrest rose by about 10% between 1989 and 1996, the first study of nationwide trends in the United States has shown. The study was presented at the American Heart Association's 41st annual conference on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
The number of sudden cardiac deaths in the 15-34 age group went up from 2724 in 1989 to 3000 in 1996, an increase of 10%. Of all the young people who died over the eight year period, 71% were men and 29% women.
Although many more men than women died, the rate of increase was much higher among women than among men (32% compared with only 10%). The yearly rate per 100000 women was 1.6 in 1989 and 2.1 in 1996, whereas the rate per 100000 men was 4.1 in 1989 and 4.6 in 1996.