Sports-related sudden cardiac death due to myocarditis is extremely rare
Due to the link between SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and myocarditis, researchers examined pre-pandemic rates of sports-related sudden cardiac death (SrSCD) relating to myocarditis to assess any change in future risk.
After conducting a literature search, 15 studies of SrSCD with autopsy data or clear cause aborted SrSCD were included, comprising 347,092,437 person-years (PY). A total of 1955 SrSCD or aborted SrSCD overall with an incidence of 0.93 (95% CI: 0.47 to 1.82) per 100,000 PY were found, of which 53 were attributed to myocarditis with an incidence of 0.047 (95% CI: 0.018 to 0.123) per 100,000 PY, equal to 1 death attributable to myocarditis in 2.13 million PY.
Quinn R, Moulson N, Wang J, et al.. Sports-related sudden cardiac death attributable to myocarditis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Can J Cardiol. 2022;S0828-282X(22)00480-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2022.07.006. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35850383.