The causes and prevention of sudden cardiac death: a worldwide epidemic Event as iCalendar


28 March 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Function Room 220, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Contact info: Evie Kinane

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Head of School of Population Health Seminar Series


Ross J Simpson Jr, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA


Sudden cardiac death is a syndrome that may account for 15% of all deaths in younger US adults. These deaths cluster and concentrate in economy stressed populations and geographic areas. The causes of these dealths are heterogeneous and are unlikely to be predominantly related to coronary artery disease. Obesity, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, diabetes, cardiomyopathy, mental illness, recreational drug use and poor engagement with medical care are important associates of sudden death. In economically developing countries like Thailand, sudden cardiac death is also common and follows a similar pattern of chronic disease prevalence. Interventions to prevent sudden cardiac death are available and should concentrate on the treatable and preventable co-morbidities of sudden death.


Dr Simpson is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr Simpson completed his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washinngton, DC, and followed that with an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. He received both his PhD and MPH in Epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health. Dr Simpson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the National Lipid Assocation. Dr Simpson is principal investigator of SUDDEN, a population-based study of the epidemiology of all-cause, out-of-hospital, sudden unexpected dealth (OHSUD) in adults under age 65. His other areas of research interest include the management of hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, and he has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics. His work is widely published, and he serves as a reviewer for numerous medical publications.

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