Dr. Erik Ekker Solberg,
Warning symptoms and family history in children and young adults with sudden cardiac arrest. J.A. Drezner et al.J Am Board Fam Med July-August 2012 vol. 25 no. 4 408-415 2012 Jul;25(4):408-15; doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2012.04.110225
In the debate about screening, ECG has been the primary focus. Additionally, there has been much hope for the future of genetic screening. Even with modern medical advances, it is important not to forget good old fashioned medical tools such as a thorough analysis of symptoms and family history.In this study, warning symptoms and family history of cardiovascular (CV) disease were retrospectively surveyed in 146 families (response rate, n=87, 60 %) with a child or young adult (mean age 16, range [5–29] years) who had suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA):
The study was uncontrolled and recall bias must be considered.
Even when taking into account methodological limitations, the study strongly reminds us of the value of a thorough personal and family CV history to prevent SCA.
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