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New model quantifies cardiac arrest risk in Brugada syndrome

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology
Reuters Health - 03/11/2020 - A new risk stratification model for patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS) is based on four risk factors for ventricular arrhythmias/sudden cardiac death (VA/SCD) and can inform the need for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), researchers say. "Identifying high-risk cases prior to a cardiac arrest remains controversial and we wanted to develop a simple 'bedside' risk score to help clinicians," Dr. Pier Lambiase of University College London, UK, told Reuters Health by email. "The score enables doctors to provide a meaningful percentage risk of cardiac arrest at five years according to patient age to enable informed decision making and targeted ICD implantation. Further validation is planned in independent patient cohorts." As reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology, Dr. Lambiase and colleagues evaluated the role of 16 proposed clinical or electrocardiogram (ECG) markers in pred...

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