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  • Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

    Initial story: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns

    Cause of death: HCM
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns
    Myectomy and mitral valve repair, April 2007, St. Luke's Hospital (NYC)

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    Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

    Im wondering if he knew he had HCM. Someone said it was brought on by Sports and years of high blood pressure. Not genetic. Guess it doesnt matter. Seems he did a lot of good things for the less fortunate in his life.

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    • #3
      Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

      I doubt he knew. Don't forget when he was playing he was 7 feet tall, 300lb. Yes, once to begin to age & the activity level goes down the weight will pack on. His hypertension could have be genetic, racial, diet, all sorts of causes and combinations.
      Yes - He turly had a Big Heart and did a lot for others. Hopefully his family is getting the help they need and I hope they carry on with his mission in life.
      Marc
      Diagnosed @ 48
      Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
      Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
      AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
      After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
      Quietly going insane . . .

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      • #4
        Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

        Remember, though, that an enlarged heart can be caused by intense physical activity over a long period of time or by high blood pressure, but HCM can't be caused by those things. They're different conditions. I'm sorry for the loss to his family and friends.
        Reenie

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

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        • #5
          Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

          Also with his size it could have been a condition called acromegaly that was not previously diagnosed but can lead to thickening of the heart muscle; HCM as well as many other complications over time. As it gradually makes changes it may have gone unnoticed and the autopsy may have been conclusive enough when they found the enlarged heart and may not have delved further. Many of these giant like people go onto dilated cardiomyopathy ; end stage and succumb to the heart failure that results as the heart balloons out.

          http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acromegaly/DS00478
          Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
          Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
          Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
          SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
          [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
          Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
          Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
          Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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          • #6
            Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

            True
            My nephew is 6' 8". Was playing football for Cornell and passed out. They took him to the hosp. in Minnesota and he underwent a weeks worth of test including 2-3 catherizations. Since his G ma died of SCD from HCM, they saw red flags. Theres an awfully thin line between Athletes heart and HCM. He's not on BBs. But he had to quit with the sports.

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            • #7
              Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

              Originally posted by Reenie View Post
              Remember, though, that an enlarged heart can be caused by intense physical activity over a long period of time or by high blood pressure, but HCM can't be caused by those things. They're different conditions. I'm sorry for the loss to his family and friends.
              What exactly is the difference then and how can the medical community tell the difference??

              Mary

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              • #8
                Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

                Well, there are a few ways to tell the difference. For one, HCM usually isn't 100% concentric, meaning that there's often a "bulge" of muscle somewhere in the septum or apex of the heart. Secondly, if athletes quit training so hard or those with high blood pressure get their blood pressure under control, the thickening will go down over time. Also, although this isn't done very often, HCM is marked by jumbled cardiac cells. If examined under a microscope (such as in an autopsy) these pockets of mixed up cells can be identified. It's not practical to biopsy living people, though, because the nature of these jumbled cells is that they're in little pockets and you might just get a spot to examine that isn't mixed up. There may be other ways they can tell, but this is all that's coming to me at the moment.
                Reenie

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

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                • #9
                  Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

                  Thanks Reenie, That clears things up in my mind.

                  Mary

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                  • #10
                    Re: Kevin Duckworth - former NBA player

                    You're more than welcome.
                    Reenie

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

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