Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Why Does Cardiac Arrest Often Strike in the Morning?

For decades scientists have known that sudden cardiac death–a failure in the heart’s electrical system that leads people to, well, suddenly drop dead–occurs more often in the morning hours. Analysis of data from the ambitious Framingham Heart Study led to the scientific documentation of the curious link as early as 1987. But for just as long, scientists haven’t been able to do much with that knowledge. A flurry of papers in the late 1980s pointed to possible explanations: the assumption of an upright posture, for example, or problems with the process that typically prevents blood clots. Still, scientists have been unable to pin down a basic mechanism to explain the connection between the body’s…

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