Sudden Cardiac Arrest in a Young Patient with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Zero Canonical Risk Factors: The Inherent Limitations of Risk Stratification in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

John J. Kohorst, J. Martijn Bos, Donald J. Hagler, Michael John Ackerman

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common heritable cardiovascular disease and a common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young adolescents and athletes. Clinical risk stratification for SCD is predicated on the presence of established risk factors; however, this assessment is far from perfect. Herein, we present a 16-year-old male who was resuscitated successfully from his sentinel event of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Prior to this event, he was asymptomatic and lacked all traditional SCD-predisposing risk factors for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCongenital Heart Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014



  • HCM
  • ICD
  • Risk Factor
  • Risk Stratification
  • Sudden Cardiac Death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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