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  • Canadian death due to HCM

    HEADLINE: Undiagnosed heart condition likely killed teen basketball player,
    police say



    GUELPH, Ont. (CP) _ Heart failure apparently killed a young basketball player
    who collapsed before a high school game, police said Wednesday.

    Aaron Hayward, 17, collapsed suddenly on the gymnasium floor of St. James
    high school in Guelph on Tuesday afternoon during a pre-game warm-up.

    Preliminary autopsy results showed Hayward had an enlarged heart that had
    gone unnoticed, Sgt. Ron Lord said.

    "It's very tragic,'' Lord said. "He died of a medical condition that went

    While authorities say sudden cardiac death is rare among young people, a
    condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been known to strike young

    "HCM is the most common heart condition that causes sudden death in athletes,
    '' said University of Guelph professor John Dawson.

    "It's a congenital defect in the heart that causes it to become enlarged,''
    Dawson said. "It can take several years before it hits them, but when it hits it
    's really sudden.''

    Boston Celtics basketball star Reggie Lewis and figure skater Sergei Grinkov
    both collapsed and died suddenly from cardiomyopathy complications, Lewis in
    1993 and Grinkov in 1995.

    The cause of HCM is not known, Dawson said, but in about half of the cases
    the condition is inherited.
    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: Canadian death due to HCM

    Last night I saw a battery commercial on TV where a basketball player collapses on the court floor. Someone tears open hit shirt and uses an AED, saving his life. The next scene shows him dressed and smiling and the battery is shown with the spoken words – something like “When it absolutely has to work.”

    Anybody else see this commercial yet? I think it does us all a service.


    • #3
      Re: Canadian death due to HCM

      I saw them and it was a very reassuring pressence that fianlly we are kinda of getting some attention!

      Mary S.


      • #4
        Re: Canadian death due to HCM

        Yes Burt i have seen it it is i guess nation wide and a very good commercial we need more of them to get peoples attention on the awareness of sudden cardiac death, i mean i never paid much attention until my brother died and then it started concerning me, by the way how are you and your Shirley doing

        Diagnosed 2003
        Myectomy 2-23-2004
        Husband: Ken
        Son: John diagnosed 2004
        Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

        Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9