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Attn: Athletes...please


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  • Attn: Athletes...please

    I know this has been an issues many have debated... "when to say no to competitive athletics". I know there are a few people who do not find the current recommendations are appropriate. I am going to share a story with you and all I ask is that you think about this case when making the call to participate or not.

    A mom called me today to go over her sons death. Her 21 yr old son had been excepted into the fire department in a large city. He had had a physical it showed a slightly abnormal ECG, he had fainted once while giving blood and a grandfather had died at 39yrs, he was granted a position to the fire department.
    One week after he was cleared to enter the fire department he took a jog. He died while jogging. Diagnosis was made after his death. His heart was not very thick (under 2.0 septal measurement) but it was clearly HCM based on myocardial cell structure, measurments and heart weight.
    He was never diagnosed, never had a significant symptom related to his HCM and was in great shape.

    My point is sharing this story is simple - HCM can be unpredictable.

    God Bless Peter.

    Lisa Salberg
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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    Re: Attn: Athletes...please

    Prayers are being said for Peter's family.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.