Most deaths investigated under the coronial system in England and Wales are sudden unexpected deaths, which turn out to be natural in origin, with the commonest cause being one of ischaemic heart disease. Unnatural sudden deaths are covered elsewhere and will not be considered in this chapter, other than to say that the alternative or coexistent possibility of an unnatural cause should always be considered in relation to the various conditions described below. In particular there should be a low threshold for carrying out toxicological investigations, and reassurance from others involved that drug abuse or overdose are not relevant in a particular case should be viewed with a degree of scepticism.
KeywordsSudden Death Sudden Cardiac Death Ischaemic Heart Disease Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Hypertensive Heart Disease
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