Monday, 4 May 2015

The reason Dave Goldberg died during gym exercise session

Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband to Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, died on Friday after collapsing at the gym at a private resort in Mexico, it has emerged.

According to a family friend, he passed away after a gym exercise and was resuscitated unsuccessfully at the gym and hospital.

A suspect cause of his death is a serious heart condition--which is  a common culprit in cases of sudden death during exercise.

Dave may have died from coronary artery disease-- the commonest heart condition in the western world and it is more common in patients older than 40. In athletes and people less than 40 years hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common culprit.

In most cases of  exercise-related sudden death, plaque rupture or thrombosis is absent --a sharp contrast to 95 %  plaque rupture or thrombosis seen in sudden cardiac deaths in the general population. A probable explanation for this is that exercise-induced ischemia or coronary spasm is responsible for exercise-related deaths.

There are also several less common causes of exercise-related deaths like: arrhythmias, congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries, right ventricular dysplasia, aortic rupture associated with Marfan syndrome, coronary artery dissection, myocarditis amongst others.

Goldberg left behind his wife of 11 years and their two children. Numerous condolences have been written on his facebook page as his family asked everyone to post pictures of him on his wall. Mark Zuckerberg described him as an amazing person.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and her family.

May his soul rest in peace!


Dave Goldberg's death resulted from a head injury he sustained in a fall from the treadmill he was exercising on.

Autopsy done showed Goldberg suffered an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmias) which can result
from coronary artery disease.

Arrhythmia can cause shortness of breath, awareness of the heart beating (palpitations), dizziness and weakness which may have caused his fall.

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