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Heart Condition Cited in Gaines Adams' Death Often Goes Undetected

from The Greenville News

The condition believed to have claimed the life of former Clemson University football star Gaines Adams has killed other young elite athletes and often goes undiscovered until it is too late. Adams, a 26-year-old defensive end for the Chicago Bears, died of cardiac arrest because of an enlarged heart, according to Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey. Sudden cardiac death can be caused by a number of things, but the most common cause in young athletes is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, said Dr. Barbara Moran-Faile, cardiologist with Upstate Cardiology and medical director of community outreach cardiology services for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. more

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