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Cocaine Sudden Death in Europe

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Venlafaxine and SCD Risk

Use of venlafaxine compared with other antidepressants and the risk of sudden cardiac death or near death: a nested case-control study — Martinez et al. 340: c249 — BMJ

Conclusions In this large, population based study, the use of venlafaxine was not associated with an excess risk of sudden cardiac death or near death compared with fluoxetine, dosulepin, or citalopram, in patients with depression or anxiety.

Predictors of SCD Post MI Change With Time

Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death Change With Time After Myocardial Infarction: Results From the VALIANT Trial

Results: SCD occurred in 8.6% of patients during 3 years of follow-up. During the initial hospitalization for MI, the strongest predictors of SCD were atrial fibrillation (AF) (hazard ratio [HR], 2.0), prior stroke (HR, 2.0), and smoking (HR, 1.5). In the first 30 days after MI, the strongest predictors of SCD were recurrent MI (HR, 3.5), rehospitalization (HR, 2.5), and coronary artery bypass graft surgery (HR, 2.3). The strongest predictors of SCD from 30 days to 6 months after MI were prior transient ischemic attack (HR, 1.8), prior diabetes (HR, 1.7), and new left bundle branch block (HR, 1.7). From 6 months to 3 years after MI, the strongest predictors of SCD were prior MI (HR, 1.7), recurrent MI (HR, 1.7), and AF (HR, 1.6).