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    Copyright 2004 Times Newspapers Limited
    The Times (London)

    January 12, 2004, Monday

    SECTION: Sport; The Game 4

    LENGTH: 291 words

    HEADLINE: Injuries and illnesses explained

    BYLINE: Catherine Riley


        THERE WAS sad news from the Ukraine last week announcing the death of Shalva
    Apkhazava. In a painful echo of Marc-Vivien Foe's death, it was announced that
    the Georgian striker had suffered from cardiomyopathy. Unlike Foe, who collapsed
    on the pitch during the Confederations Cup last June, Apkhazava died in his

        Apkhazava, 23, had trained with Arsenal Kiev the previous day and had showed
    no signs of any health problems.


        Cardiomyopathy takes several forms, but is essentially a disease of the
    heart muscle. In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the muscle fibres of the heart
    grow abnormally, leading to a thickening of the heart walls, particularly in the
    left ventricle, which is the one that does the majority of the pumping. This
    thickening reduces the size of the chamber and causes poor blood flow,
    preventing the heart from relaxing between beats.


        Many sufferers have no symptoms and in some cases, including Foe's and
    Apkhazava's, the first and only symptom is sudden death. It is caused by the
    lower chambers of the heart beating so chaotically that no blood is pumped and
    so instead of actually beating, the heart ends up simply quivering. For those
    that do have symptoms, the most common are shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat
    and chest pain.


        Most cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are inherited and abnormal heart
    sounds can be detected through a stethoscope. Sufferers may need to become less
    active and beta blockers can be taken, although in some cases a pacemaker, or
    surgery, is the only answer.


        Patients will need medical supervision for the rest of their lives and about
    3 per cent of those will die when the heart suddenly stops beating.
    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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    My prayers are with Shalva Apkhazava and his family. May God bring them all peace and comfort in this trying time.

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