idablu mentioned prolonged QT syndrome. This is a genetic condition and often
the first and only symptom is sudden collapse and death. We didn't know we
had it in our family until my cousin collapsed. He was revived, but eventually
died from it. It can be traced through genetic testing. We Aggies
here in Texas are praying for Danny's recovery and hopefully a return to
the basketball court for USU. It's been so great to see how the school has
responded--trainers, teammates, coaches, AD. Postponing the game was the right
thing to do. Kudos to USU and BYU for showing the world what it means to be a
So glad he's gonna be OK. Lots of heros and caretakers to be thanked. Who
cares about a missed b-ball game or a little revenue. Just get better, Danny. Go
Idablu seems familiar w/ the problem normally associated w/ the above. My
granddaughter has had numerous echo cardiograms which certainly continues to
show the situation. She was absolutely devastated when she learned that she
would no longer be able to be a gymnast....it was her whole life! I certainly
hope and pray that Danny's problem doesn't turn out to be HCM and
that he will be able to to continue his love of basketball.
Any news on this kid progress? Nothing new has been put in the press today.
The most common cause of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in a young healthy athlete
is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Depending on the study, 25-48% of such
cases are from HCM. The 2nd most common cause is anomalous coronary anatomy,
particularly anomalous right coronary syndrome. That is what Pete Marivich died
from. Other less frequent causes include conduction problems, like prolonged QT
and WPW syndrome.Marfan's Syndrome (relatively common in basketball
players) is also sometimes a cause of SCD.The fact that they
haven't found a diagnosis yet makes me suspicious that it is not
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, because that would be the first thing they looked
for through a echocardiogram.
Pretty classy of Coach M to stay with Berger at the hospital. And pretty classy
of BYU to agree to reschedule. That was probably a financial hit to both schools
and an inconvenience for their fans who were planning to attend. Emotions that flow in teammates, family and close friends from such
life-altering events can be a two-edged sword. I'm glad that both schools
respected the down side of such emotions. Have patience, there will be an up
side to this; there always is. Just ask the Utes.
Probably a ventricular fibrillation. Cardiac massage is the initial treatment
and defibrillation as soon possible. This trainer knew his stuff. Surprisingly
enough Las Vegas security officers have a very good success rate as they
immediately grab a defibrillator and go to work so get a 40-50% survival. On
the street not so good. The cardiac studies we will hope will be helpful in
Glad this kid is ok. Why cancel the game and screw up a teams season. Is USU
scared they are gonna get whipped without this kid?
Situations like this remind us how fragile life is and what's really
important.Best wishes to Danny and his family, as well as to his
We had a patient suddenly go into cardiac arrest but we were able to revive him.
No cause was determined, his heart was in perfect condition. Later, a nurse
stated that he kept requesting enemas which she gave him. We think that he
depleted his electrolytes from too many enemas and that caused his heart to
stop. We need electrolytes (salt and sugar) for the heart to pump. Once we gave
him saline and dextrose in his IV his heart was revived. I'd bet anything
that Berger overexerted himself physically and lost too many electrolytes
through sweating. He just didn't drink enough Gatorade to replace the lost
salt and sugar; and he probably had a poor intake of calories all day too that
contributes to poor electrolyte balances. Just a guess. I wouldn't say his
career is over unless they find some actual physical problem.
The condition is called hypertrofic cardio myopathy...HCM for short. My
granddaughter (14) went through the exact same situation a year ago last August.
She had been a gymnast since she was 3 and was headed for the Olympics when she
collapsed at practice after running one lap around the gym. Like Danny, there
was a coach there that was able to revive her till the paramedics arrived.
After many tests...MRI and other stress testing, she was diagnosed w/ the above.
Never had been any previous indications for her either. Not always genetics
either as, thus far, has proved to be "inconclusive". She can no longer
participate in any competitive sports, dance, swim, etc. They installed a
defibrillator last January but had another attack in July. Fortunately, the
device saved her life when it kicked in when her heart stopped. The external
AEDs are a god sent to have in all public locations such as malls, ALL schools,
and, many business locations. Check out the "SADS" organization to
learn more about the problems that so many atheletes are facing currently as
well as in the past.
If they can't find out what caused this, his basketball career is over.
Too bad.My uncle died many years ago of a similar thing. He was
playing basketball at his church with some friends in the morning, he took his
turn to sit out and as he was walking to the stage to sit down, he collapsed.
His heart was not beating normally but had a very fast beat. One of the players
was a doctor, but they couldn't save him. He was in good shape having
exercised his whole adult life.It turned out to be some type of
wierd genetic defect that my family had to be tested for. Now we have to
properly warm up and properly warm down. We can't just stop our strenuous
activity like my uncle did. Total fluke. I don't remember what the genetic
thing was named.
We need to give USU a standing ovation when they come to play for all
they've been through, and give three cheers for this guy when he comes.
Give a three cheers for the trainer too.I'd like to see this
situation minimize the hate signs that have been happening lately.
Bravo, Mike Williams. And good luck in your recovery, Danny.