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Behind the discoveries

We invite you to step into our world of groundbreaking discoveries for an interactive conversation about unexplained cardiac death.

Cardiologist, Dr Liz Paratz, is part of the team working on Australia’s first sudden cardiac death registry. This unique initiative aims to prevent deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more about this project and the work we are doing in this vital area of research.

Join us from the comfort of your home for this free online event.


Thursday 29 October 2020
1.00–1.40pm AEST
Online via Zoom


Matt Keenan
Sports commentator, reporter, radio presenter and event MC predominantly working in cycling and triathlon.


Elizabeth ParatzLiz Paratz
Cardiologist and PhD student at the Baker Institute.




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What is unexplained cardiac death?

Cardiovascular disease is still a major cause of premature death in Australia. An important contributor to this burden is unexplained cardiac death (UCD), which refers to a sudden lack of heart activity.

Unexplained cardiac death — also sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death — is one of the biggest killers of Australians under 50 and is five times more likely to affect men. The primary cause of UCD in adults 35 and over is coronary heart disease. In younger people (under 35) it is congenital heart conditions and heart rhythm disorders.

Many of the younger people affected by UCD are generally regarded as being fit and healthy and we have little information on why the problem occurs. In Australia, the rates of UCD in people aged under 35 years are thought to be 1 in 30,000 (Semsarian et al. New England Journal of Medicine 2016), and in middle-aged people is it likely to be a least twice this figure.