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Sudden Cardiac Deaths in Young British Army Personnel
  1. Dr AP Vanezis1,
  2. SK Suvarna, Consultant Histopathologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer2 and
  3. P Vanezis, Professor of Forensic Medical Sciences3
  1. 1ST2 Core Medicine, Nottingham University Trust
  2. 2University of Sheffield & Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
  3. 3Barts and the London School of Medicine, University of London, Consultant Home Office Registered Pathologist, Senior Consultant in Forensic Medicine to the Armed Forces.
  1. Queens Medical Hospital, Nottingham 07827299028 andrew.vanezis{at}


Much attention has been paid to sudden cardiac death in young athletes which has led to the implementation of tighter screening controls in many sports at various levels. Less attention has been paid to this subject in young army recruits. We describe three cases of sudden cardiac death in young UK soldiers. The scale of the problem in the UK is unknown. We highlight issues regarding diagnostic testing to identify risk factors for sudden cardiac death and suggest potential additions to the current screening programme for new recruits to help increase the sensitivity of detecting cardiac pathology and reducing the rates of sudden cardiac death in this group.

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