Breaking down former Ute defensive lineman Star Lotulelei's heart condition


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  • raisedaute Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 8, 2013 11:29 a.m.


    So you now have inside info on what the NFL scouts say huh. Source or you are just making things up as usual.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 6, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    "Obama10 and PAC man, no new information will be released until Star's camp allows it"

    Good point and you can bet that you won't hear much new on the subject unless it's good news until after the NFL draft. Anything that confirms this is serious will further damage his draft status.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 6, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    "@KVN/Hoff-Yes I do see it holding him down if he isn't cleared to play he won't make 100 million."

    Maybe KVN/Hoff is planning on paying Star the $100 million

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    March 6, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    "Symptoms of poor blood flow can include fatigue, shortness of breath, lack of appetite, confusion"

    Maybe that explains the knock on him by NFL scouts that he takes plays off and doesn't give it all on every play.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 5, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Good luck Star. This may be a condition he's had for along time, yet still maintaining a high level of play over the years. If that's the case it may have a slight progression and he could could play at a good level in the NFL. If it's a recent acquired condition, that will make things much tougher.



    Generally when someone dishes out an insult on these boards such as calling another person "clueless", they can expect someone else on these boards to point out their mistakes as well. Ergo, "HIPPA"' vs "HIPAA"---which was likely not a typo, but a probable lack of understanding on the part of the poster.


    That's all.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    @StgSLC, I wasn't meaning that a smart person would tell us his medical condition. I was simply saying I hope Star is smarter than Wynn in understanding HIPAA rules.

    Wynn didn't not tell details of his condition due to his wanting privacy. Wynn said he couldnt talk about them as he thought it was illegal due to the HIPAA rules. I was just pointing out Wynn's "smarts." I hope Star can tell us more info soon, just because I hope it comes back nothing serious. Again, I was just making fun of Wynn being clueless.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 4, 2013 10:40 p.m.


    Star has every right to keep his medical records confidential, but if he is healthy, he's not doing himself any favors in the up coming draft by leaving questions about his health unanswered. It may sound cruel, but no NFL team is going to take a chance on wasting a high draft pick and $ millions on a player with a bad heart.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 4, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    Hoping the best for Star.

    And does anyone care about the typo mistake between HIPPA and HIPAA?


    March 4, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    "I hope star is smarter than Wynn and tells us details soon."

    Why would a willingness to disclose your own medical details to the public be smarter than a preference to maintain your privacy rights? Also it's HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2013 8:48 p.m.

    Remember when Jordan Wynn had shoulder surgery? In one interview he said he couldn't talk much about it due to HIPPA privacy laws. I hope star is smarter than Wynn and tells us details soon. Hope all is ok.

    March 4, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Obama10 and PAC man, no new information will be released until Star's camp allows it. The Trib published an article after talking with Dr. Petron about it, but of course he couldn't release any personal information either, and said just about the same thing here. It's usually not anything serious, but until they find exactly what it was that caused the ejection fraction to be that low, there really won't be anything to say about it, probably even if it returns back to a normal range for precautionary reasons.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    March 4, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    PAC man,

    It could potentially be a big problem if not addrssed. Like the article said, his ejection fraction is less than what it should be. As the heart declines in pumping ability, it can lead to other failures (tissue damage, brain damage, kidney failure), etc. If not enough blood can be pumped out, oxygen will not get to other necessary parts of the body.

    If it is found what is causing it, it could be fixed. However, many cases are irreversible. Hope that helps a little.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    March 4, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    As a BYU fan, I can't wait to see Star in the NFL. This is a temporary setback. I agree with PAC man, no new info. With the U medical center so close, why can't the DNews get an "expert" opinion instead of quoting the USA Today? Step Up DNews.

  • NK84 layton, UT
    March 4, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    I didn't learn anything from this article really. Does anyone have an actual update on his condition? Results of the tests that he got sent home from the combine to have?

    @KVN/Hoff-Yes I do see it holding him down if he isn't cleared to play he won't make 100 million.

  • KVN/Hoff want 0-4 against UTAH Ogden, UT
    March 4, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    I still see this guy making a hundred million his career. You think this will hold him down? Any doubters have another thing coming.

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    March 4, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Thanks for the update, but the article doesn't really tell us much more than we knew last week.

    Is this a serious condition that could severely impact Star's NFL career, or just something that will need to be monitored?