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HS athlete Wes Leonard died because of enlarged heart

Friday, March 4th, 2011
Credit AP

According to the medical examiner, star basketball player Wes Leonard who collapsed on the court after making a game-winning shot died of an enlarged heart.  The 16-year-old had no known previous heart condition.

CBS News partner WebMD, reported that dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is decreased because the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, is enlarged and weakened.

Dr. David A. Start, forensic pathologist in Kent County, ruled the Michigan high school athlete’s cause of death to be cardiac arrest due to dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart).  Dr. Laura Martin of WebMD notes that usually people get significant shortness of breath and heart failure with dilated cardiomyopathy.

The young athlete who attended Fennville High, died Thursday night. Paramedics performed CPR but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Many of his friends at the school told CBS affiliate WWMT that Leonard seemed in the best athletic shape of his life, apart from a recent case of the flu.

Leonard’s family told CBS News that “This was a total shock,” the family said. “He was ‘like a man’ and such an athletic boy, in seemingly perfect condition.”

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