If you haven't heard, RS Freshman power forward, Jay Simpson's career is over at Purdue. After becoming faint and nearly passing out a few games ago, Simpson began a battery of tests. The diagnosis is HCM or Hypertrophic Cardiomyotrophy. This is the same condition that took the lives of Hank Gathers, Reggie Lewis and others.
I'm not a doctor, but I do read words on the interwebnet. While doing so, I found that this disease causes one of the walls of the heart to thicken. This thickening causes disruptions to the heartbeat and affects less than one-half of a percent of the general population.
It's a genetic defect that has no cure, but forces athletes to stop playing, or risk serious, massive heart attack. It causes about 100 deaths a year; almost all of those that die are athletes. Treatment options for Simpson and others with HCM include, medication, heart surgery or transplant (although it sounds like many with this condition don't go that route).
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