Star Lotulelei has heart condition
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February 25, 2013

Star Lotulelei, one of the elite prospects for the 2013 NFL draft, will not be allowed to work out Monday at the scouting combine after an echocardiogram revealed that the former Utah defensive tackl...
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54to10 
Hopefully Star is healthy and will live a full life with his family. Good Luck, whether you get to play in the NFL or not. To SEC10001 I don't know much about medical conditions but, I can tell that you are a bitter old soul who is either alone or hated by your wife and family. Relax, this is ESPN not WebMD.
154 Days ago
jun10rmd 
HCM or HOCM...his career is over...
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SEC10001 
Likely true.
154 Days ago
Seven or 9 
I was actually born without a left ventricle. That doesn't mean I'm weak or fragile, in fact most people don't even know it unless I tell them. Still it's serious since the heart is the second most important organ in the human body. If it's not performing at 100% then you have a problem.
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James Woodcock 
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154 Days ago
bedemsgain 
What if the condition makes him fall to the Ravens? Anyone predict that?
154 Days ago
RhymenocerosY2K 
Heart damage? Strange. Most Mormons have brain damage.
154 Days ago
sean_hartman5 
I hope he gets this cleared up right away. Good thing for his pro day, that he still has a chance to show what he can do.
155 Days ago
wvtoky 
I don't know what to say. I hope you will be alright.
155 Days ago
Kameron3829 
I know his family. They are really good people. Hopefully Star will be ok.
155 Days ago
UtahMan4thGen 
For everyone blaming the U for not catching this, enjoy: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/55898921-59/lotulelei-utah-team-combine.html.csp "Petron said the majority of schools such as Utah don't include echocardiograms in their general physical assessments because they are expensive and there are often other indications there might be a problem, which would lead to further testing." "According to Petron, using echocardiograms in screenings for athletes is a relatively new process, even at the pro level. "Three years ago, this may never have been found and it might have been a nonissue," he said." http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/55899228-89/lotulelei-heart-test-petron.html.csp There you go.
155 Days ago
youshouldbeglad 
the whole USC team had a heart condition this year...will they be held out too?
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SEC10001 
The entire U$C team lost their heart. They need the Wizard of Oz.
155 Days ago
prodigalIrish40 
BlackShirt1313 I guess my BIG issue here is how the heck was this missed when we was at Utah? How do major universities with state of the art technology miss this? I find this unacceptable. Could be that it is a recent development or something that has just now started to become detectable. It could also be a false-positive which is why they are calling for additional testing. Things like this, unfortunately, do happen. For Lotulelei's sake, if additional testing does indicate a condition requiring treatment, let's just hope that it is nothing major.
155 Days ago
knightoftroy 
Really? That guy didn't seem to have heart condition when my team played against his team last season!
155 Days ago
cinciredsforlife08thethird 
Well, Here's hoping it's nothing that can prevent him from realizing his dream of playing in the league. Best wishes to him. opening day right around the corner! " can't wait. "
155 Days ago
Jsdfire81 
"If he dies, he dies" - Ivan Drago
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N0CK88 
If this is true "Tollner said Lotulelei was asked by combine officials not to participate until consulting a specialist" and all they did was ask him to not participate then he should of gone ahead and finished the combine, would of helped reassure teams, especially if he get this cleared up afterwards
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ericluffman30 
That is fine until the guy has a heart attack running drills.
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SEC10001 
Actually it was an ECHO that found the low ejection fraction. Ff that low EF is due to HCM, SAM, or IHSS (all possible) his chance of dropping dead under extreme stress is significant. (Most common cause of sudden death in young athletes) Maybe you should read before you speak. You really don't know what you're talking about.
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N0CK88 
That would be highly highly unlikely. It's not like he has an issue where his valve doesn't open, just that an echocardiogram detected that the pumping efficiency was slightly below norm, that's hardly a confirmation. The chances of him having a hear attack during running drills at the combine, after he's been involved in top level competition for like his entire career, are about 1 in 10 billion
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