7th Heaven Death Sheds Light On Sudden Cardiac Death

The autopsy of 7th Heaven actress Sarah Goldberg was said to be non-conclusive, but her family suspects a heart issue, which a New York cardiologist says points up the need for people to be aware of their heart health. Sudden cardiac death is a very quick death from a perhaps previously undetected heart issue. One of the causes for sudden cardiac death is a condition in which people are born with a thick heart muscle, which can make it difficult to pump blood throughout the body, says Evelina Grayver, MD, director of the coronary care unit at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Other potential causes include an inherited rhythm issue or a congenital coronary artery defect where the artery is not in the proper place from birth.

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