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July 12th, 2003, 06:09 AM
With Elka Graham having collapsed twice in training recently and being found to have an irregular heart-beat,is it the right thing for her to do by going to the World Championships in Barcelona.I know that an Australian cardiologist has given her the "all clear",but it is still a bit worrying.

July 12th, 2003, 02:03 PM
It depends on her diagnosis. If she has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common cause of sudden death in young athletes, she could be at high risk. This was Reggie Lewis' diagnosis; he was the Boston Celtics player who had been told not to play by a number of cardiologists. He sought another opinion from a cardiologist at Tufts who cleared him to play. He died suddenly while shooting baskets. It's not clear from the news stories if this is her condition.