DOI: 10.1101/19007344Sep 23, 2019Paper

Genetics of Unexplained Sudden Cardiac Death in Adult Caucasian and African American Individuals Living in the State of Maryland

MedRxiv : the Preprint Server for Health Sciences
L. GuoAloke V Finn


Background: Unexplained-sudden cardiac death (SCD) describes SCD with no cause identified after a comprehensive autopsy and toxicologic examination. Genetic testing helps to diagnose inherited cardiac diseases in unexplained-SCD, however, the relationship between pathogenic or likely pathogenic (P/LP) variants of inherited cardiomyopathies and primary electrical disorders (PED) and risk of unexplained-SCD in adults living the United States has never been systematically examined. Methods: We performed sequencing of 29 cardiomyopathy and 39 arrhythmia genes in 413 African-Americans and Caucasians (>18 years-old) who died of unexplained-SCD (median age; 41 years-old, 37% females, 50% African-Americans) and whose hearts were found to have no gross pathological finding upon referral to our institution for pathologic consultation from the State of Maryland Medical Examiner. We examined P/LP variants in these genes to study the association between presence of these variants and unexplained-SCD. Results: 143/413 (34.6%) subjects had variants considered P/LP for cardiomyopathy and/or PED (i.e. Brugada Syndrome (BrS), long QT syndrome (LQTS), and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD)). In total, 102 (24.7%) subjects harbored ...Continue Reading

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