A new report present to quality and performance measures that are intended to help stakeholders including health systems, legislative bodies, and nongovernmental oganisations, as well as healthcare practitioners, families and communities-in the effort to prevent sudden cardiac death.
The joint report from the American college of cardiology and the American Heart Association is published online in the journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected death due to the sudden cessation of cardiac activity, which is also known as sudden cardiac arrest. The two phrases are often used interchangeably; however, sudden cardiac death should only be used to describe fatal events.
Co-chair of the writing committee and professor medicine at Duke University, United States, Sana Alkhatib, said: