Estrogen Levels and Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Higher levels of the hormone estrogen are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women, a new study suggests.
Sudden cardiac death can occur when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (sudden cardiac arrest). Each year in the United States, more than 350,000 people die of sudden cardiac death.ist2_2910490-red-crayon-heart
Researchers examined data from people in Portland, Ore., who suffered sudden cardiac death or had coronary artery disease. Tests of plasma taken at the time of death or during a doctor's visit indicated that both groups had a similar proportion of common heart risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. See the article here.

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