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How could someone in nearly perfect health die from cardiac arrest ?

How could someone in nearly perfect health die from cardiac arrest? This really nice guy at my school died during soccer practice, and all I really could find out about how it happened was that he had cardiac arrest. It s been bothering me for a while.....could someone explain? If it helps at all, I think he collapsed first and died later at the hospital. He was taken there by helicopter.
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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Among adults, ischemic heart disease is the predominant cause of arrest. At autopsy 30% of victims show signs of recent myocardial infarction. Other cardiac conditions potentially leading to arrest include structural abnormalities, arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. Non-cardiac causes include infections, overdoses, trauma and cancer, in addition to many others.
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