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Sudden Death From Pneumonia
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep reading about people suddenly dying of myocarditis without knowing anything was wrong it scares the life out me how common is it for sudden death to occur?
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