© 1980

Sudden Death

  • H. E. Kulbertus
  • H. J. J. Wellens

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Epidemiology and Pathology of Sudden Death

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. E. Talbott, L. H. Kuller, K. Detre, J. A. Perper
      Pages 11-33
    3. A. C. Thomas, M. J. Davies, A. W. Popple
      Pages 34-48
  3. The Electrophysiology of Lethal Arrhythmias

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Animal Myocardial Infarction Models

    3. The Nervous System and Cardiac Arrhythmias

      1. D. P. Zipes, R. F. Gilmour Jr., J. B. Martins, R. Ruffy
        Pages 156-162
    4. Electrophysiologic Mechanisms Involved in Ventricular Tachycardia-Fibrillation

      1. R. E. Ideker, G. J. Klein, W. M. Smith, L. Harrison, J. Kasell, A. G. Wallace et al.
        Pages 165-185
      2. M. E. Josephson, S. R. Spielman, A. M. Greenspan, L. N. Horowitz
        Pages 186-198
  4. The Indicators of High Risk for Sudden Death

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Clinical Profile of High Risk Individuals

      1. R. J. Myerburg, C. A. Conde, R. J. Sung, S. M. Mallon, D. S. Sheps, R. Appel et al.
        Pages 219-231
    3. Methods for Detection of High Risk Patients

      1. H. L. Greene, Ph. R. Reid, A. H. Schaeffer
        Pages 251-274

About this book


Over the last ten years, it has become increasingly obvious that sudden death represents the major challenge confronting cardiology in the last part of the XXth Century. Careful epidemiologic studies have established the magnitude of this overall important problem of public health. The frequent association of sudden death with coronary artery disease has been demonstrated. Some of the electrophysiologic mechanisms underlying lethal arrhythmias have been unveiled. In addition, clinical markers permitting identifica­ tion of high risk individuals have emerged. Finally, different studies have raised some hope as to the ability of therapeutic interventions to protect these patients against a premature and possibly evitable demise. Over the years, a sizable amount of new and relevant information, both basic and clinical, has become available. We felt therefore that a conference on sudden death might be timely. It was decided to organize a small gathering during which experts from different disciplines in cardiology could sit together in a quiet retreat to share their knowledge and discuss issues pertaining to research and therapy that might be of benefit to patients. The conference was held in Liege, on May 7, 8 and 9, 1979. This three day meeting in which re­ presentatives from seven different countries participated was extremely stimulating. The discussions were very lively and sometimes reflected the divergence of opinion which may persist on some topics.


arrhythmia coronary heart disease electrophysiology heart heart disease myocardial infarction physiology platelet sudden cardiac death

Editors and affiliations

  • H. E. Kulbertus
    • 1
  • H. J. J. Wellens
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Medicine, Division of CardiologyUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology, Annadal HospitalUniversity of LimburgMaastrichtNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sudden Death
  • Editors H.E. Kulbertus
    Hein J.J. Wellens
  • Series Title Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-2290-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-8836-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-8834-7
  • Series ISSN 0166-9842
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 420
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cardiology
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