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Doctor insights on: Over Exercising Sudden Death

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What are some causes for sudden death in adults?

What are some causes for sudden death in adults?

So many: Commonly a blocked artery can cause sudden death, but also an old heart attack that caused scarring of the heart muscle or weak heart can predispose to sudden death. Also sudden death can occur in patients with genetic abnormality that cause the heart to be enlarged. Sudden death can occur with anomalies of coronary or with genetic abnormality that cannot be detected by echo or EKG. ...Read more

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How to cope with the sudden death of a grandparent?

How to cope with the sudden death of a grandparent?

Grief: These events force us to recognize that anyone -- young or old, healthy or sick -- can die at any time. This is a milestone of maturity. It makes us appreciate the time we have together. During the grief process, your mind and body will feel different. If the changes last more than a few weeks or are disabling, your physician can be your guide -- a brief course of talk rx generally works. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sudden death in elite athletes?

What is the cause of sudden death in elite athletes?

Thickened heart: The most common cause of sudden death in elite athletes in the US is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is a rare condition of the actual muscle of the heart becoming so large and thick as to obstruct outgoing blood flow. Because outgoing flow is reduced the heart must work even harder to pump blood to supply oxygen to the body. ...Read more

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Is non specific anterior t wave abnormality a risk for sudden death?

Is non specific anterior t wave abnormality a risk for sudden death?

EKG: EKG is a test that may show minute variability that based on operator technique and interpretation. A non specific T wave abnormality is usually no cause for worry. ...Read more

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What does unspecified t wave abnormalities mean am I at risk for sudden death?

What does unspecified t wave abnormalities mean am I at risk for sudden death?

This EKG finding: is rarely associated with pathological events. It might indicate metabolic or electrolyte issues but is most likely just normal for you. Discuss this with your health care professional if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I know apoplexy means sudden death but why?

I know apoplexy means sudden death but why?

Rupture blood vessel: Apoplexy is a medical term, which can be used to describe a rupture or bleeding of vessel in the brain--"bleeding" in a stroke (formerly described as a cerebrovascular accident) with sudden loss of neurologic function. It does not actually mean sudden death. ...Read more

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Bronchial pnuemonia and sudden death -accidental?

Bronchial pnuemonia and sudden death -accidental?

Probably not: Some pneumonia is very aggressive and even with treatment may cause death. Age, smoker, lung disease, heart trouble. Other illnesses. ...Read more

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In what instance if any, could pvcs, pacs ect. Potentially cause sudden death ?

Never: Pacs and pvcs never can cause sudden death which is due to ventricular fibrillation or asystole. The substrate for those is serious, underlying structural heart disease such as occurs during or after heart attacks or with rare congenital diseases (like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or long qt syndrome). ...Read more

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How common in sudden death in athletic people?

How common in sudden death in athletic people?

Varies: It's impossible to give a straight forward answer to this question due to the amount of confounding factors that could be involved. However, the most common cause of sudden death in athletes is a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is relatively rare and is estimated to cause death in less than 100 competitive athletes in the US every year. ...Read more

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