Introduction to part five: Screening for risk of Sudden cardiac death

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Sudden cardiac death a clinical catastrophe that appears unpredictable in individual cases occurs in many clinical subsets described in this section of the book. The difficulty in identifying patients at increased risk derives from the reciprocal relationship between the risk in different patient subsets and the size of the subset. Screening methods must be evaluated from the points of view of sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values in the relevant subsets as well as from the point of view of cost effectiveness. Receiver operator characteristic curves may be used to compare screening methodologies and in deciding what decision criterion (cut-off) to be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiagnosis and Treatment
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781447149781
ISBN (Print)1447149777, 9781447149774
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • Prediction
  • Receiver operator characteristic curves
  • Risk stratification


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