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Cardiac Arrhythmia Heightens Mortality Risk During Epilepsy Hospitalizations

Key clinical point: In patients hospitalized for epilepsy, a secondary diagnosis of arrhythmia is associated with increased risk of death.

Major finding: Among epilepsy hospitalizations, mortality was 3.1% in patients with arrhythmia versus 0.48% in patients with apnea, 2.91% in patients with both, and 0.46% in patients without apnea or arrhythmia.

Study details: A retrospective, cross-sectional analysis of more than 2.6 million pediatric and adult epilepsy hospitalizations between 2003 and 2014 in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

Disclosures: The researchers had no disclosures and reported receiving no outside funding for their work.


Patel UK et al. AES 2019, Abstract 2.140.