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

Caroline S. Fox*, Jane C. Evans, Martin G. Larson, Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, Christopher J. O'Donnell, Paul D. Sorlie, Teri A. Manolio, William B. Kannel, Daniel Levy

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-859
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Volume95
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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