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
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BURNETT CT. PAIN AND PAIN EQUIVALENTS IN HEART DISEASE(PAIN AND PAIN EQUIVALENTS IN HEART DISEASE*). Ann Intern Med. 1937;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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