Cardiac Sudden Death
Cardiac Sudden Death (CSD) is an unexpected natural death, usually within the first hour of emergence of symptoms, which have no traumatic cause. The time that elapses between the emergence of symptoms and death is not homogenous and ranges from 1 to 24 hours.
Cardiac sudden death is not always the result of a myocardial infarction. In young and middle aged individuals it can be caused by a genetic malfunction of the heart. These individuals die unexpectedly and naturally.
Sudden death is responsible for over 3 million deaths per year worldwide (760,000 deaths per year in the USA and Europe). Its mortality rate is higher than that of lung cancer or AIDS.
SudD inCode® is a personalized medicine service that analyzes a patient’s genetic and clinical data to establish the presence of mutations (new or known) associated with the development of structural and arrhythmogenic heart diseases that can induce cardiac sudden death.
Coronary artery diseases (CAD) are the main cause of death worldwide. The majority of cardiovascular diseases are caused by risk factors that can be controlled, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, tobacco use, lack of physical activity and diabetes. However, there are also some risk factors that cannot be controlled, such as genetics.
The reduction of cardiovascular disease episodes has been possible through the right stratification of individuals to their cardiovascular risk and the reduction of classical factors such as high cholesterol levels, smoking or hypertension. There are now personalized medicine services that study and integrate genetic and clinical data and information about a patient’s lifestyle in order to establish, in an accurate and reliable manner, the risk of suffering a cardiovascular event in the next 10 years.