Table 2

Clinical characteristics of all sudden cardiac death (SCD) cases in 2010 according to sex

Cases of SCD in 2010Total n=6867Female SCD cases n=3008Male SCD cases n=3859P valueP value (age-adjusted*)
Average age, years (SD)74.8 (14.5)79.4 (13.3)71.3 (14.3)<0.01
Place of death†n=5443n=2297n=3146
Hospital 1102 (20.2)385 (16.8)717 (22.8)
Home 4043 (74.3)1849 (80.5)2194 (69.7)<0.01
Other 298 (5.5)63 (2.7)235 (7.5)
External examination performed1379 (20.1)463 (15.4)916 (23.7)<0.010.62
Autopsy performed458 (6.7)129 (4.3)329 (8.5)<0.010.07
Forensic autopsy 243 (3.5)60 (2.0)183 (4.7)<0.010.07
Hospital autopsy 215 (3.1)69 (2.3)146 (3.8)<0.010.11
Comorbidities
Cardiovascular diagnosis3508 (51.1)1524 (50.7)1984 (51.4)0.54<0.01
Coronary artery disease1142 (16.6)376 (12.5)766 (19.8)<0.01<0.01
Acute myocardial infarction846 (12.3)331 (11.0)515 (13.3)<0.01<0.01
Arrhythmia1050 (15.3)463 (15.4)587 (15.2)0.84<0.01
Atrial arrhythmia 950 (13.8)441 (14.7)509 (13.2)0.080.06
Ventricular arrhythmia 114 (1.7)26 (0.9)88 (2.3)<0.01<0.01
Other arrhythmia 42 (0.6)10 (0.3)32 (0.8)0.01<0.01
Congestive heart failure839 (12.2)318 (10.6)521 (13.5)<0.01<0.01
Peripheral arterial disease776 (11.3)300 (10.0)476 (12.3)<0.01<0.01
Diabetes mellitus657 (9.6)227 (7.5)430 (11.1)<0.01<0.01
Cerebrovascular disease1009 (14.7)454 (15.1)555 (14.4)0.410.03
Neurological disease1023 (14.9)413 (13.7)610 (15.8)0.020.50
Psychiatric illness757 (11.0)332 (11.0)425 (11.0)0.980.06
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease701 (10.2)325 (10.8)376 (9.7)0.150.07
Kidney disease304 (4.4)106 (3.5)198 (5.1)<0.01<0.01
Connective tissue disease206 (3.0)139 (4.6)67 (1.7)<0.01<0.01
Cancers704 (10.3)288 (9.6)416 (10.8)0.10<0.01
  • All values in the table are counts with percentages in parenthesis, unless stated otherwise.

  • *Age-adjusted p values calculated by logistic regression.

  • †Information on place of death not available for all cases.