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Death by exercise: Preventing cardiomyopathy, back-to-school's silent killer

from NBC News

Dorien "DJ" Garnett, a 17-year-old junior from Brockton High School in Massachusetts, had been a healthy sports star all his life, but while playing basketball one day in 2009, he suffered sudden cardiac arrest. “He clutched his chest and just dropped,” said DJ’s mother, Carmina Taylor of Penllyn, Pennsylvania. She got the heartbreaking news from her ex-husband and her son, who had witnessed DJ’s death on the court. As schools open across the country, an estimated 2,000 Americans under the age of 25 can be expected to die of sudden cardiac arrest in the coming year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. more


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