It seems all too often that we hear tragic stories of young athletes collapsing unexpectedly on the field or court. Although these cases are actually relatively rare, we as parents often wonder how this can happen. How does a young, otherwise healthy student die suddenly without any warning signs? As a cardiologist and a parent, these stories particularly resonate with me. Especially knowing, like most things in cardiology, that these deaths can be prevented with early detection. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young, otherwise healthy student athletes. It can affect up to one… Read more.