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Am J Cardiol. 2005 Apr 1;95(7):856-9.

A comparison of death certificate out-of-hospital coronary heart disease death with physician-adjudicated sudden cardiac death.

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  • 1National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. foxca@nhlbi.nih.gov

Abstract

The number of deaths due to out-of-hospital coronary heart disease as determined by death certificates was compared with the number physician-adjudicated sudden cardiac deaths in the Framingham Heart Study from 1950 to 1999. Out-of-hospital coronary heart disease deaths overestimated sudden cardiac death by 47%, suggesting that out-of-hospital coronary heart disease death rates derived from death certificates should be interpreted with caution.

PMID:
15781015
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