Utah State basketball: Danny Berger undergoes tests; siblings thank Aggie athletic trainer for saving his life

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  • South Texas LDS SAN ANTONIO, TX
    Dec. 7, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    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 class act.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    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 Aggies!

  • justice4children Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    Any news on this kid progress? Nothing new has been put in the press today.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 6, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    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.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    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.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    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 future prevention.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    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?

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    Dec. 6, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    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 Aggie family.

  • Kellie Orem, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    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.

  • justice4children Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Dec. 6, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    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.

    Dec. 5, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    Bravo, Mike Williams. And good luck in your recovery, Danny.