Heart disease caused death of Dr. Sarah Beth Hartlage

Dr. Sarah Beth Hartlage, a former associate medical director of the Louisville Health Department, died of heart disease.

The finding by the Orlando Medical Examiner’s office comes three months after Hartlage’s unexpected death while at a medical conference in Florida.

Hartlage, 36, also suffered from granulomatous lung disease, a condition which affects the body’s ability to fight infection and contributed to death, according to the medical examiner’s report.

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An autopsy found significant narrowing of the coronary arteries. Hartlage’s death was classified as “natural,” the report said.

Her unexpected death shocked the Louisville health community where Hartlage had become the public face of the campaign against COVID-19, helping set up the LouVax drive-thru vaccine site and appearing regularly at weekly press briefings with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

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