Cardiac pathology in 2007 consecutive forensic autopsies

B. F. Waller, M. J. Catellier, M. A. Clark, D. A. Hawley, J. E. Pless

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Abstract

The incidence of various types of cardiovascular disease was evaluated in 2007 consecutive forensic patients. Cardiovascular deaths accounted for 22.8% of the study patients and atherosclerotic coronary heart disease was the most common type of cardiac disease (18%). Among subjects dying of atherosclerotic coronary disease, sudden death was three times more frequent than acute myocardial infarction. Expected cardiac findings included the incidence of severe coronary atherosclerosis (21%), floppy mitral valves (5%), and congenital bicuspid aortic valves (1%). Major cardiac findings occurred in 32% and minor cardiac findings were found in 40%. Only 17% of hearts were anatomically normal. An unexpected cardiac necropsy finding included the high frequency of myocardial bridges (23%). Unexpected cardiac findings included the low incidence of acute myocarditis (0.6%) and common finding of tunneled epicardial coronary arteries ('myocardial bridges') (23%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)760-765
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Cardiology
Volume15
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Autopsy
Pathology
Coronary Disease
Incidence
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Myocarditis
Sudden Death
Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Diseases
Coronary Vessels
Cardiovascular Diseases
Myocardial Infarction
Bicuspid Aortic Valve

Keywords

  • atherosclerosis
  • cardiac disease
  • cardiomyopathy
  • congenital heart disease
  • forensic
  • sudden death
  • valve disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Waller, B. F., Catellier, M. J., Clark, M. A., Hawley, D. A., & Pless, J. E. (1992). Cardiac pathology in 2007 consecutive forensic autopsies. Clinical Cardiology, 15(10), 760-765.

Cardiac pathology in 2007 consecutive forensic autopsies. / Waller, B. F.; Catellier, M. J.; Clark, M. A.; Hawley, D. A.; Pless, J. E.

In: Clinical Cardiology, Vol. 15, No. 10, 1992, p. 760-765.

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Waller, BF, Catellier, MJ, Clark, MA, Hawley, DA & Pless, JE 1992, 'Cardiac pathology in 2007 consecutive forensic autopsies', Clinical Cardiology, vol. 15, no. 10, pp. 760-765.
Waller BF, Catellier MJ, Clark MA, Hawley DA, Pless JE. Cardiac pathology in 2007 consecutive forensic autopsies. Clinical Cardiology. 1992;15(10):760-765.
Waller, B. F. ; Catellier, M. J. ; Clark, M. A. ; Hawley, D. A. ; Pless, J. E. / Cardiac pathology in 2007 consecutive forensic autopsies. In: Clinical Cardiology. 1992 ; Vol. 15, No. 10. pp. 760-765.
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