Henry’s uncle died at the age of 21 from sudden adult death, and he is also affected by heart problems.  He wanted to find a better diagnostic technique for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – the single biggest cause of sudden adult death in this country – for black athletes after he discovered they were at greater risk of the condition.

Following a study on professional athletes, Henry found that the average peak oxygen consumption level is different for black athletes and white athletes – but doctors use the same cut off point to diagnose everyone. Therefore, black athletes who may suffer from the heart condition would not be diagnosed.

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