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metamphetamine and cardiomyopathy

G Lorin de la Grandmaison, M Durigon
Among all the autopsies performed between 1995 and 2000 in our Department, 77 adult cases of sudden death were selected. Sex, age, place of death, circumstances of death, causes of death and heart weight were reported from these 77 post-mortem records. A complete forensic autopsy was performed in every case. Sudden death occurred more frequently in males at rest. Strenuous activity was rarely involved in sudden death and 72.7% of the cases died from cardiovascular disease, mainly coronary atherosclerosis. Non-cardiac causes were dominated by pulmonary and neurological diseases...
July 2002: Medicine, Science, and the Law
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