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Sudden death risk is higher for men

YOUNG men are more likely than women to die suddenly from cardiac arrest caused by irregular heart rhythms, according to a new report.

The risk of death among young people hit the headlines earlier this month when British footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during a match.

It prompted calls for footballers to be screened more regularly for heart problem.

Sudden cardiac death among most middle-aged and older people is caused by coronary artery disease.

In contrast, sudden cardiac death among under-35s is frequently caused by inherited disorders of the cardiac muscle and cardiac rhythm.

Today's report, from the national audit of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), found 62pc of deaths from SADS in England and Wales were in men, and the biggest proportion of SADS happens to people in their 30s.