Medalists Die

Medalists Die
How can an Olympic medalist die of a cardiac insufficiency?

What happened with him? Why if he is a healthy man he can die?

May be HOCM (HypertrOphic Cardio Mypopathy)

Sudden Death Syndrome is the term, which is now used to describe unexpected and unexplained death occurring in apparently healthy young people. When the heart is examined by an expert pathologist a probable cardiac cause of death is found in the majority. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cause of sudden death in those under 30 years of age. It is a relatively uncommon heart disease although is estimated that ten thousand people in the United Kingdom have the condition.

In a healthy heart beat results from electrical signals starting at the top and passing down through the heart. HCM is a disease, which interrupts these vital electrical signals, which keep the heart beating. It is an incurable disease, which causes excessive thickening of the myocardium (the muscle in the heart). Heart muscle may thicken in individuals who have high blood pressure or who have prolonged athletic training, but in HCM patients the muscle thickens without an obvious cause.

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