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Sudden death confronting fit teens

A 19 year old sportsman died suddenly while training on the field after a rigorous workout in warm conditions due to an unknown cause. Other deaths have occurred in similar circumstances and while rare, they are still a concerning occurrence amongst young, fit people. The most common cause is undiagnosed heart disease or heatstroke complications. Heatstroke can be prevented by avoiding the hottest part of the day, training in the shade, doing an easier work out, and drinking plenty of water. Signs and symptoms of heatstroke include an increase in body temperature (hyperthermia), collapse, vomiting and decreased concentration. Death can result from a heart attack and coma. Heart conditions are more difficult to detect as sufferers very occasional exhibit preceding symptoms, but extensive screening in those with a family history can prove life saving.

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About: Sudden death confronting fit teens

Date: 17 July 2005

Source: STLtoday.com

Author: Lori Shontz

URL: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/mizzou/story/5706024C8560C4B2862570410016157B?OpenDocument

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