People are absolutely amazed when I share the alarming information from the American Heart Association and the Minnesota Heart Institute Foundation that a silent killer, called HCM, affects 1 in 500 children and is the number one life threatening disease of young people. How often have you heard of a young athlete, who for no apparent reason and without warning, drops dead during a high school or even grade school competition? You might recall the basketball athlete, Hank Gathers, who died at 23 during a game or Corey Stringer or Louis Savino at age 15 whose had his attack while playing soccer, Scotty Lange, a 16 year old young man who died during football practice in Orange County, or the Cardinal pitcher, Darryl Kile who died in his sleep from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which affects 1 in 500 children. The examples go on in every sport, track, swimming ect. The cause is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic heart defect that ocurs with a thickening of the heart’s septal wall and affects evens the smallest as infant hypertrophic cardiomyopathy According to the CDC, 23,320 young people died from the genetic defect within a 7 year period. Is your child or grandchild, sister or brother at risk of this killer? http://www.abigon.com/page/page/448087.html The prognosis for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is good if it can be discovered in time.