Whenever a young, healthy athlete dies from an enlarged heart, my antennae go up!Â Based on my personalÂ experience, I am always prone to suspect steroid involvement at some level. Sadly, Gaines Adams of the Chicago Bears died today and some journalists are already asking the question about the possible correlation between his death and anabolic steroids. Thought question:Â I wonder how many of our high school athletes that drop dead during two-a-days are suffering from anabolic steroid use instead of heat exhaustion or dehydration, two culprits that are normally blamed for these deathsÂ . . . . hmmmm.Â Since a steroid test is very rarely ever done during an autopsy, I guess we’ll never really know, will we? Don
— 01/17/10 — Laura Tucker,Â www.gathernews.com
Is it possible that Chicago Bears football player Gaines Adams died from steroid use? It shouldn’t be the first thing we think of upon hearing the news of his death, but with more and more athletes admitting to steroid use lately, and reading how healthy Adams was in every other way, it’s hard not to think that his death was as the result of steroids. Adams death was confirmed by the Greenwood County deputy coroner today. He died in an emergency room, with the cause of death being cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart. The coroner also stated that Adams appeared to be in perfect health, but it will of course take a few months for toxicology reports to come in. According to theÂ American Heart Association, an enlarged heart “may be caused by a thickening of the heart muscle because of increased workload. (This increased workload can be due to heart valve disease or high blood pressure, for example.)” Well, he didn’t have heart valve disease or high blood pressure if he appeared to be in otherwise perfect health. So what was causing this increased workload to Adams’ heart? And if he had either of those, surely Bears personnel would have known about it. According toÂ WebMD, steroid use can lead to an enlarged heart, hence the increased workload. That could very well be why Adams heart was working so hard. It’s the off-season for Adams and the Chicago Bears. With their dismal record this year, they didn’t even come close to the playoffs, instead watching division rival Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings battle it out with the Dallas Cowboys today. What was Adams doing today that was causing an increased workload to his heart? Adams was new to the Bears. Last October they traded away a 2010 second round draft pick to the Tampa Buccaeers to obtain his services. He didn’t see a whole lot of action this fall while wearing a Bears uniform, but with the reorganization of the team during the offseason, he was expected to figure in prominently.