Steve Larsen's official cause of death has apparently been ruled a
heart attack due to atherosclerosis.
Part of what I do for a living is help physicians educate patients on the risk factors
and consequences of atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque in the arteries). The most common first symptom? Sudden death.
Many athletes I know are under the false impression that since they have 5% body fat and exercise 15-20 hours per week they are immune to atherosclerosis. They believe their arteries are clean as a whistle...guess again! It makes sense for all of us to have regular cholesterol screens including a discussion of our family history with our physicians.
In addition to the links above, here is a one-pager of links to other independent resources to learn more about your cholesterol and how you can slow the progression of atherosclerosis.