Cadet's death linked to heart condition

December 04, 2009

A 19-year-old Virginia Military Institute cadet from Highland who died last month after a 10-mile march suffered cardiac arrest because of an underlying medical condition, a Virginia medical examiner has determined. John A. Evans collapsed in his barracks room and later died Nov. 7 after completing the march at the Lexington, Va., school with other freshmen. The medical examiner found that Evans' heart attack was due to idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis, an inherited disease of the heart muscle that causes thickening of the muscle and other changes that impair the heart's function, according to VMI spokesman Col. Stewart MacInnis. VMI is in the process of completing an internal review of the events surrounding Evans' death, according to MacInnis. Evans, a 2009 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Catonsville, was buried at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville on Nov. 14.

- John-John Williams IV

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