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Division of Cardiology

SUDDEN is a research program investigating out-of-hospital sudden unexpected death (OHSUD) in adults ages 18-64. Such deaths are a tragically common occurrence: our initial study indicates they may account for 10% of natural deaths. A wide range of causative factors are likely involved: cardiac arrhythmias, chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, and misuse of prescription and recreational drugs. SUDDEN aims to better understand such deaths so that pathways to prevention can be developed.

SUDDEN’s pilot dataset captures OHSUD cases for 2013 and 2014 in Wake County, North Carolina, a socioeconomically and ethnically diverse population. This pilot data includes demographic and medical information on OHSUD cases from a broad array of sources including government agencies, emergency medical services, hospitals, and physicians’ offices. The range of data captured offers an unprecedentedly in-depth view into factors involved in these deaths. SUDDEN is currently expanding to other counties in North and South Carolina with the goal of having a study cohort fully representative of the nation as a whole.

Prevention of these premature deaths is SUDDEN’s chief aim. SUDDEN has built relationships with public and private health and community groups to work as partners in both its core research, but also in the development of proactive community health interventions.

SUDDEN Abstracts

The Association of Metabolic Syndrome With Premature Out-of-Hospital Sudden Death

Murrium Sadaf, MD, presents her poster at EuroPrevent Congress in Málaga, Spain, April 2017.

Ethnicity, Marital Status, and Neighborhood Poverty Influence Resuscitation of Out-of-Hospital Sudden Unexpected Deaths

Brian Simpson, MD, presents his poster at the American College of Cardiology Conference in Washington DC, March 2017.

SUDDEN Feature

The SUDDEN project was featured on Endeavors, a website that highlights research and creativity at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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