A Cannon Air Force Base airman who died Oct. 23 after playing soccer on base had a hereditary heart disease, Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon Public Affairs said Wednesday.
Airman 1st Class Brian Kane, 29, of Ireland, died from heart failure and suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, Kok said. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that causes the heart to become enlarged, and to pump less strongly, according to www.cardiomyopathy.org. The reasons why the heart muscle weakens are uncertain, but the process is probably slow and only present with symptoms when quite advanced, according to the Web site.
As a result, the muscle of the heart becomes weak, thin, or floppy and is unable to pump blood efficiently around the body, the Web site said.
Kok said neither the Air Force nor Kane knew of the disease.