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Sudden Cardiac Death Screening Tests

Sudden cardiac death screening tests are offered by the top cardiologist in Manhattan Dr. Steven Reisman at the New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center. Sudden cardiac death, which can have multiple causes, accounts for the largest cause of natural death - approximately 350,000 deaths per year in the United States - topping deaths from lung cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS. 

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Sudden cardiac death is a sudden loss of consciousness resulting in the loss of life. ‏ Frequently these individuals have underlying heart blockage, enlarged heart and may also have prior symptoms of chest discomfort or shortness of breath. A cardiac consultation along with non-invasive testing can help determine those at risk for sudden cardiac death.

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a sudden, unexpected death caused by loss of heart function (sudden cardiac arrest). Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is responsible for half of all heart disease deaths.

Sudden cardiac death occurs most frequently in adults in their mid-30s to mid-40s, and affects men twice as often as it does women. This heart condition is very rare in children, affecting only 1 to 2 per 100,000 children each year.

 The heart conditions that the NYC cardiologist will check for that can lead to sudden cardiac death include:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Coronary artery disease. Most cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur in people who have coronary artery disease
  • A prior heart attack
  • Enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy)
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy- when your heart muscle becomes enlarged or thick, so it’s weakened.
  • Electrical problems in your heart: primary heart rhythm abnormalities and include conditions such as Brugada’s syndrome and long QT syndrome.

Dr. Reisman and his entire staff are the best in New York City. I was able to get an appointment quickly and didn’t have to wait to see Dr. Reisman long for my appointment (less than 5 minutes). I had a very positive experience and thrilled to have found such a great Cardiologist. I am a very anxious patient and the staff was very compassionate from the front desk to all the technicians to Dr. Reisman. I would highly recommend this heart specialist to friends and family! ~ Google

Because sudden cardiac arrest / sudden cardiac death tends to be linked with coronary artery disease, the same factors that put you at risk of coronary artery disease may also put you at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. These include:

  • A family history of coronary artery disease
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Drinking too much alcohol (more than one to two drinks a day)
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 Tests to evaluate or predict risk of Sudden Cardiac Death offered by the NYC heart specialist include:

If you have any questions for the best in class NYC cardiologist or would like to schedule a consultation or appointment please feel free to contact Dr. Steven Reisman of the New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center and indicate which Manhattan office (Upper East Side, Cardiologists Midtown NYC, or Wall Street / Financial District) you would like to see the cardiologist for a cardiac consultation.

This page was published on Apr 24, 2015, modified on Jul 13, 2021 by Dr. Reisman (Cardiologist) of New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center

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