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Saturday, 11/30/2013, 08:31 am

Rare heart condition, Long QT Syndrome, could be responsible for Del Rosario’s hospitalization

One the biggest stories in the MMA world is the tragic situation concerning UFC Heavyweight Shane del Rosario who suffered from a horrific cardiovascular failure last Tuesday morning. Fellow UFC fighter, and Shane’s roommate, Ian McCall found Del Rosario collapsed in their home. He then called 911 and continued to administer CPR until paramedics arrived. Del Rosario was then admitted into Hoag hospital in full cardiac arrest.

“Shane continues to cling to life at Hoag hospital in Newport Beach, California.” Texted Jason House to Sherdog.com, “After arriving at the emergency room in full cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning he was resuscitated to stable rhythm and blood pressure, but has not regained consciousness. Doctors believe he may suffer from a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is a genetic anomaly that can cause a sudden and life-threatening heart rhythm abnormality, and may result in sudden death. Tragically, it strikes healthy young people and often is the first and only presentation of a heart problem.”

On Wednesday Del Rosario underwent a procedure using the Arctic Sun medical device in an attempt to raise his core body temperature and activate his brain. Unfortunately, the procedure did not work and Del Rosario was put on life support. His family was said to make a decision on Friday morning on whether or not to continue life support, but have chosen to delay their choice until further notice.

“They are very thankful for all of the support and love that has come from all over the world for their son,” stated training partner Erik Apple. “At this point we need to do our best to respect their privacy and continue to pray for their son.”

Dr. Jon Gelber, founder of FightMedicine.net, shed a little light on the condition that could be responsible for the sudden heart failure of a healthy young person such as Del Rosario. Long QT Syndrome is an abnormality in the heart’s conduction pathway and affects about one in 2,000 people. It can lead to rapid heartbeats that can trigger a sudden fainting spell, seizure or sudden death.

People who suffer from this condition are usually advised not to participate in sports. However, there have been exceptions to the stipulations such as Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Dana Vollmer who also suffers from Long QT Syndrome. However, a study by Mayo Clinic states that as long as the families and coaches are well education and have equipment such as a defibrillator on hand for emergencies, then someone suffering with this condition could in fact still safely participate in athletics.

However, there is still great risk. With a heart condition like this one must remember that if it surfaces it can lead to cardiovascular collapse in which the heart is unable to provide enough oxygen to vital organs including the brain.

We here at BJPenn.com are keeping the Del Rosario family in our thoughts and prayers and we ask our readers to do the same.

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