Women Face a Greater Risk of Sudden Death From Cardiac Arrest at Night

Women Face a Greater Risk of Sudden Death From Cardiac Arrest at Night

Sudden cardiac arrest affects an estimated 350,000 Americans each year, with between 17% and 41% of these cases occurring at night. Of these patients, 3,208 sudden cardiac arrest events took place during the day, and 918 occurred at night. Findings showed that more women experienced nighttime cardiac arrest than men (25.4% versus 20.6%). Scientists theorized that respiratory problems might be responsible for women’s increased risk for cardiac arrest at night. For related coverage, read “For People With Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Where They Live May Matter” and “African-American Infants More Likely to Suffer Cardiac Arrest.”

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