Sudden cardiac death – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. When the heart suddenly and unexpected stops, it is called sudden cardiac death. A recent study examining how often women have this condition has identified both traditional and other risk factors. Dr. Patrice Nickens at the NIH says those other risk factors are of great interest.
Nickens: These other risk factors – the hip-waist ratio, higher pulse rate, elevated white blood count – may suggest that inflammation that the body is reacting to some irritant if you will.
Narrator: She adds it would be a new area of study to investigate ways to reduce this inflammation. For more on sudden cardiac death research, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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