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    Heart disease apparently killed teen at baseball practice

    DATELINE: ELKVILLE, Ill.

    BODY:
    A high school baseball player's death this week was apparently caused by a
    heart condition, a coroner announced Wednesday.

    Perry County Coroner Paul Searby said preliminary findings of an autopsy
    conducted Tuesday revealed that Scott Rosenberger suffered from a type of heart
    condition called cardiomyopathy. Searby said he was waiting for toxicological
    and microscopic tests conducted during the autopsy.

    The 17-year-old senior had just finished running sprints Monday with other
    members of the Elverado High School baseball team and was starting to
    participate in drills when he collapsed. He was pronounced dead at a nearby
    hospital that evening.

    Before the results of the autopsy were released, Elverado Principal Vicky
    Walker said Rosenberger did not suffer from a heart condition and the Vergennes
    teen had passed his state-required physical two weeks before he died.

    According to Frederick Mueller, chairman of the exercise and sports science
    department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about 15 to 20
    high school athletes die nationwide every year in sudden, initially unexplained
    deaths on the field in all sports.

    Most of the time, Mueller said, the fatal collapses are heart-related. A
    genetic form of cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of sudden death in athletes
    and young people, researchers say.

    Elkville is located just south of Du Quoin, about 75 miles southeast of St.
    Louis.
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    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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