CLOUGH TURRILL BURNETT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Approximately 90 per cent of all non-traumatic sudden deaths are cardiovascular in origin, and 65 per cent are due to coronary artery disorders. A study of these cases of sudden death demonstrates a strikingly large number who gave a history of precordial or near-by pain preceding or during the fatal illness. The majority of these show pathological evidence of antecedent changes in the coronary vessels—namely sclerosis; but these changes were not the cause of death. Some added mechanism caused a sudden cardiac standstill.
This tragic event—sudden cardiac death—is well known even to the laity, but the symptoms leading up to
BURNETT CT. PAIN AND PAIN EQUIVALENTS IN HEART DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;10:1156–1171. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-10-8-1156
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;10(8):1156-1171.
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