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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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JIMENEZ SOLIS, Francisco Javier; CAMPOS CHACON, Natalia  e  AGUILAR PEREZ, Jorge. Legal medical aspects of sudden cardiac death during exercise: case report. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.1, pp.18-26. ISSN 2215-5287.

The indications of forensic autopsy in relation to sudden deaths in Costa Rica, are according to the Regulation of Autopsies in Hospital or in Forensic Department, published on March 12, 1987.

To establish the criteria of sudden death we must know mainly its forensic definition, the importance and the purpose for which it is carried out, it is defined as any non-violent, rapid and unexpected death, in a person who did not present any medical pathology and for which his death was unlikely; these deaths could be caused by some type of crime, the forensic is in relation to determinate all those causes of violent death.

There are multiple causes of sudden deaths, however, the cardiac are the most frequent, in this article will be discussed cardiac pathologies that could cause a sudden death during the exercise. The forensic pathologist is the responsible for clarifying the precise cause of his death and determine the manner of death.

Palavras-chave : Sudden death; sudden cardiac death; exercise; heart disease; legal aspects; cause of death.

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