The Death of an All-Star

Darryl Kile's untimely passing shows how hard it is to spot the warning signs of heart disease

There's no way of knowing whether the death of Darryl Kile, the All-Star pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals who died at age 33 from an apparent heart attack in his hotel room two weeks ago, could have been avoided. Detecting heart disease, particularly in the young, isn't that easy. But there are some lessons here that we can all learn from.

Preliminary autopsy results show that Kile had 80% to 90% blockages in two coronary arteries--a pretty common finding in people who die suddenly of heart disease. But that doesn't mean the fatty deposits or plaques clogging his arteries had...

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