CATHERINE M. OTTO, M.D.; ROBERT V. TAUXE, M.D., M.P.H.; LEONARD A. COBB, M.D.; H. LEON GREENE, M.D.; BRIAN W. GROSS, M.D.; JEFFREY A. WERNER, M.D.; ROBERT W. BURROUGHS, M.D.; WERNER E. SAMSON, M.D.; W. DOUGLAS WEAVER, M.D.; GENE B. TROBAUGH, M.D.
Young, male, Southeast Asian immigrants living in the United States have a high incidence of unexplained, sudden, nocturnal death. We report the cases of three patients, two Laotians and one Filipino, who were resuscitated and subsequently studied extensively. Each patient was having ventricular fibrillation when first examined by paramedics outside the hospital, and episodes of fibrillation recurred in the early hospital course. Clinical evaluation found no significant coronary atherosclerosis or structural cardiac disease. One patient is asymptomatic after 2 years; the second patient died suddenly at 4 months; and the third is asymptomatic but had inducible ventricular tachycardia on electrophysiologic testing 6 months after resuscitation. The mechanism of sudden death in young Southeast Asian men appears to be ventricular fibrillation. The cause of the arrhythmia is unclear, although in our patients the arrhythmia was not an isolated event; underlying predispositions to further cardiac arrest persisted.
OTTO CM, TAUXE RV, COBB LA, GREENE HL, GROSS BW, WERNER JA, et al. Ventricular Fibrillation Causes Sudden Death in Southeast Asian Immigrants. Ann Intern Med. ;101:45–47. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-1-45
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(1):45-47.
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