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A 28-year-old female asked:

a 20 year old healthy soccer player drops dead from cardiac arrest. explanations? why could this have happened i'm shocked?!

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Heart abnormality: Sudden cardiac death in young athletes is rare, and it is always a tragedy when it occurs. Most of the time this is due to an underlying heart problem that was not known about. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common cause, but there are others as well. Here's a link to some info on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/sudden-death/hb00092.
Dr. Azmat Qayyum
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
HCM: This is genetic disorder. Cause of sudden cardiac death in young athlete. Heart muscle gets hypertrophy. If there are any symptoms of dyspnea. Palpitation or dizziness or passing out should warrant complete evaluation.

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