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Dr. Mike: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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A 16 year old student collapsed and died this week while playing basketball at a recreation center at 25th and Diamond.

Ironically Alchir Frazier died from the same condition as basketball player Hank Gathers on a court named after the basketball great.

Dr. Mike explained on "Good Day" the condition is called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopthy. The cantadino is "an abnormality of the heart muscle. And it's a genetic cantadino." HC occurs in about one in 500 people. HC makes it difficult for blood to get out of the heart. "It leads to an arrythmia, meaning the heart goes into a funny rhythm and it can't get the blood out."

Dr. Mike says the tragedy of the ailment is that it can be detected with an echocardiogram. Frazier had apparently collapsed earlier this summer and followed-up with a stress test. But Dr. Mike said the condition can't be detected with a stress test. An echocardiogram is better because it looks at the structure of the heart. "What happens is you get this thickening of the area in the center of the heart." Echocardiograms are expensive, but Dr. Mike believes it could have saved Frazier's life.

Flu season is just around the corner. But you need to make sure you don't get your flu shot too early. Dr. Mike recommends waiting until mid-September or October.

 

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