Role of Cardiac Imaging in Evaluating Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Constancia Macatangay, Juan Viles Gonzalez, Jeffrey Goldberger

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Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major cause of death from cardiovascular disease. Our ability to predict patients at the highest risk of developing lethal ventricular arrhythmias remains limited. Despite recent studies evaluating risk stratification tools, there is no optimal strategy. Cardiac imaging provides the opportunity to assess left ventricular ejection fraction, strain, fibrosis, and sympathetic innervation, all of which are pathophysiologically related to SCD risk. These modalities may play a role in the identification of vulnerable anatomic substrates that provide the pathophysiologic basis for SCD. Further studies are required to identify optimal imaging platform for risk assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-650
Number of pages12
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Cardiac imaging
  • Risk stratification
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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