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Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young


Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of approximately 250 Michigan children and young adults between the ages of 1-39 years annually. These deaths are a tremendous loss not only for families, but for entire communities. Even more disheartening is that many of these deaths could be prevented through screening, detection, and treatment. Sudden cardiac death victims are too young to die – and every life lost is one too many. Therefore, alongside a motivated group of experts and advocates, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Genomics Program initiated and maintains multiple activities to prevent the impact of sudden cardiac death of the young (SCDY) in Michigan.

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For more information about SCDY or to become involved with prevention of SCDY in Michigan, please call 1-866-852-1247 or email

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Updated 01-2023

Michigan’s SCDY original surveillance project was supported in part by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Office of Public Health Genomics, 2004 – 2009.