[HEADLINE: Wabash College student dies after collapsing during basketball game with friends]

Author: Tim Stewart (---.dsl.dytnoh.ameritech.net)

Date: 12-03-02 15:06

The Associated Press State & Local Wire

December 3, 2002, Tuesday, BC cycle

6:44 PM Eastern Time

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 185 words

HEADLINE: Wabash College student dies after collapsing during basketball game with friends; spelling of 'Mixon' is CQ



A Wabash College student who collapsed during a basketball game and died this week had a heart disease.

It is believed that David Shawn Mixon, 21, died from symptoms related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Montgomery County Coroner David Hunt said. The disease can be caused by a variety of defects in the proteins involved with cardiac muscle contraction. The condition carries a low to moderate risk of sudden death, Mixon's doctor, Frank Fish, said.

Both Mixon, who was from Nashville, Tenn., and his brother, Michael, were diagnosed with the disease, and their father died from the condition.

Mixon was playing a pickup basketball game with some fraternity brothers Monday evening when he collapsed, fraternity member Brian Lawlor said.

"He used to play basketball all the time. He didn't think it was a big deal and we didn't either," Lawlor said. "He scored then was running down the court and collapsed."

Although Mixon participated on sports teams in high school, he was discouraged from participating in competitive sports in college because of his condition, his doctor, Fish said.

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[Re: HEADLINE: Wabash College student dies after collapsing during basketball game with friends]

Author: Jerry Salzman (---.indy.rr.com)

Date: 12-04-02 03:17


I was going to post this, but I see you beat me to it. On the local news here in Indy they also mentioned expensive tests and the debate on whether all athletes should be tested. I only caught part of the story, so I'm not sure whether they actually mentioned having echos.


P.S. How is Lynn doing.


[Re: HEADLINE: Wabash College student dies after collapsing during basketball game with friends]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 12-04-02 04:20

Parents...and young people please learn from this posting...

HCM is unpredictable please do not place yourself or your children at risk...Those with HCM should not be participating in these sports. Life is full of wonderful games and things to do...it is not in the cards for those with HCM to be this athletic. Life can be very full without basketball.

I cry for this family and this loss ... they knew about HCM but it still snuck up and attacked.

God Bless David


Lisa Salberg



[HEADLINE: Wabash student with heart condition dies playing basketball]

Author: Tim Stewart (---.dsl.dytnoh.ameritech.net)

Date: 12-05-02 16:35

Copyright 2002 Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

All Rights Reserved

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

December 4, 2002 Wednesday


LENGTH: 386 words

HEADLINE: Wabash student with heart condition dies playing basketball

BYLINE: Shawn McGrath, Staff


By Shawn McGrath

Journal and Courier

A 21-year-old Wabash College died suddenly Monday from a genetic heart

condition shortly after playing a pick-up basketball game with fraternity


David S. Mixon, of Nashville, Tenn., a senior studying psychology at the

school, was pronounced dead at St. Clare Medical Center in Crawfordsville around

5:50 p.m.

Mixon was playing basketball with his Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity brothers at

Allen Athletics and Recreation Center on the school's campus when he collapsed

around 5:20 p.m., according to James Amidon, Jr., director of public affairs and

marketing for Wabash College.

Mixon suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic heart condition

that causes a thickening of the heart muscle. Mixon's father, also David Mixon,

also suffered from the condition that ultimately caused his death. His brother,

Michael, is also diagnosed with the disease, which has no cure and affects

roughly 1-in-500 people.

As with Mixon, in some cases the disease can cause sudden death, and those

who suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are urged to avoid strenuous

exercise or activities, according to Dr. Frank Fish, associate professor in the

Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Vanderbilt University.

"(David), along with his father and younger brother, were diagnosed with a

condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,'' Fish said. "The two brothers

have been followed here at Vanderbilt University. This condition can be caused

by a variety of defects in several of the proteins involved in cardiac muscle

contractility. Overall, this condition carries a low-moderate risk of sudden

death, usually in association with vigorous exertion, and is one of the more

common causes of sudden death in athletes. For this reason, individuals with

this condition are excluded from competitive sports. When a patient is thought

to be at high risk, an implantable defibrillator (a pacemaker-like device to

automatically recognize and treat cardiac arrest) is usually recommended.

Unfortunately, the accepted markers of this risk are less predictive than we

would like.

"The death of his father since his last evaluation, apparently from the same

condition, would have weighed heavily in the ongoing re-assessment of this young

man's risk at an upcoming clinic visit."


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