Our study identifies cases of out of hospital SCA for a comprehensive comparison with control subjects from the same geographic area. Since February 2002, we have ascertained over 4,000 cases of possible sudden cardiac arrest. All are subjected to detailed clinical phenotyping from the lifetime clinical history as well as genomic/plasma biomarker evaluation for those with DNA/plasma available. Autopsy information and tissue is available in a subset.
Our laboratory hosts a biobank that has archived more than 3000 individual patient samples for blood, plasma, and DNA. Additionally we have almost 600 frozen myocardium tissue samples.