Sudden cardiac arrest claims 23 year old NY state trooper

Sudden cardiac arrest in an otherwise young and healthy individual strikes again.  Donald Fredenburg, 23 and in his second week of training at the NY state police academy collapsed and died after a training run on Friday March 13.  Academy staffers were able to use an external defibrillator to restart his heart, but he later died at the hospital due to the damage caused by the event.   This young man served 4 years in the marines and was on his way to becoming a NY state trooper.  An autopsy showed that he had a 95% blockage of one of his coronary arteries.  This is extremely rare in someone  so young, but it does happen.  If you are going to exercise and exert yourself, regardless of age, your heart should be properly checked by trained professionals who specialize in this.  With a 95% blocked coronary artery, any cardiac stress test could have detected this.  Mr. Fredenburg is said to have passed a vigorous fitness test in order to gain entrance in to the police academy a few weeks prior to his death.  This does not make his case confusing the way some media reports suggest.  A fitness test in NO WAY looks at your heart.  They are lucky he did not collapse and die during the fitness test.  Young people, especially young males will ignore the warning signs of an impending cardiac event. You CAN NOT trust that your athletic organization, or the police academy, or the military, or your health insurance company,or your government are looking out for you.  The current medical standard of care says that testing you properly is not cost effective.  I guarantee you and your family place a higher value on your life than those who do these calculations.

RIP Donald Fredenburg

RIP Donald Fredenburg