Middle-aged men with reduced lung function at higher risk for sudden cardiac death

Middle-aged men with reduced lung function are at a higher risk for sudden cardiac death compared to men whose lungs function normally, according to a study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.

Testing lung function in this population of men might help predict risk of sudden cardiac death, researchers said.

Researchers tested the lung function of 1,342 men, age 42 to 60, and followed them for sudden cardiac arrest during the next 17 years. Ninety-five died of sudden cardiac death.

Men with the worst forced expiratory volume (the amount of air forcibly exhaled from the lungs in the first second of a forced exhalation) had 3.5 times the risk compared to men with the best lung function. With each 10 percent increase in forced expiratory volume the risk for sudden cardiac death dropped 18 percent.

The study was the first to look into the link between lung function and sudden cardiac death. (Source: AHA)

For further information, please contact:

Research Physician Sudhir Kurl, the University of Eastern Finland, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at sudhir.kurl@uef.fi, tel. 040 3552 966

Publishing year: 2012

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