A 42-year-old member asked:
how can a pro athlete die from a cardiac arrest?
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Dr. Bennett Werner answered
43 years experience Cardiology
Rare, thankfully: Pro athletes who die have an unrecognized condition. The most common, accounting for almost 50% is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy, congenital coronary anomaly, long qt syndrome, brugada's syndrome, arhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, and marfan's aortic dissection are other very rare causes. The incidence is 0.75 per 100, 000 - very rare!
Answered on Apr 22, 2012
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