When heart attacks claim the lives of the young ones

October 17, 2008

In recent days, two deaths went mostly un-reported in the broadcast media.  A 19-year old hockey player from Russia suddenly collapsed on the bench and died of a cardiac arrest.  Reports would reach the known world stating that it took more than 20 minutes for the young athlete to be brought to the hospital.  He was an NHL draft pick.

Yesterday, the second death by heart attack involved a 13-year old  boy playing basketball.

What is going on?

Why are these young athletes succumbing to cardiac arrests?  Were they being pushed physically too hard, that their hearts were too overworked for the demands placed on them?

Were there banned substances involved that triggered these cardiac arrests?

They were so young.  Full of promises. Their time was still way ahead of them.

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