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Old 03-23-2013, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dan Hardy diagnosed with "wolf heart" condition

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There’s been a lot of speculation online in the last 24 hours or so regarding Mr Hardy being forced out of his fight with Matt Brown next month, so I wanted to clarify the situation and provide some details.

On Tuesday this week Dan went and had his medicals done as per normal, however because the fight is in California there was an EKG performed as well as the usual standard medicals done in every other states (normally; blood work, physical, MRI, etc).

On Wednesday his EKG results came back showing an irregularity, which has been diagnosed as Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, which incidentally my wife also suffers from. However unlike my wife who has symptoms of the syndrome (including heart palpitations and tachycardia), Dan has never shown any symptoms of the syndrome and therefore it has come as a surprise to us all as this is something you are born with, rather than develop.

Since this news, Dan has been back to hospital and had several tests run on him with a cardiologist, which included an Ultrasound as well as a high-level stress test to study his heart and how it responds to exercise. To say Dan has a very strong and healthy heart would be an understatement! The tests he did not only showed he has a phenomenal resting heart rate of 42bpm, but he also broke the record for the stress test he did which was held by a marathon runner for over a year.

Sadly the commission will not clear him for the fight with Brown so the UFC were forced to draft in Jordan Mein as a replacement for Dan. It’s a great shame that the athletic commission simply take a reading from an EKG and decide whether he can or cannot fight, rather than looking at the evidence of the last 30 years of Dan’s life without a single symptom of the syndrome, the 10 year sports career he’s had, and the tests he’s also performed this week amongst other things.

As you can imagine with everything (we felt) stacked in our favour, the “not cleared to fight” message we received was a very big shock, particularly after 10 years of competition and no issues. Anyway right now we’re talking to the UFC about what’s next and we’ll keep everyone updated as and when we have further information.
I wonder if the commissions will refuse to license him after this. I assume they are worried about him having a heart attack during a fight. Still I don't like the idea of a commission once again stripping a fighter of his livelihood because of a private medical condition.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is definitely something to be concerted about for Hardy, heart arrhythmia can be a very serious thing. I suffered (and still do to an extent) a very bad arrhythmia, I would consistently pass out from it and it would cause me major distress, it can also cause cardiac arrest. I had to go through multiple ablations and medication to finally tone it down to where it is now.

Point being, if the doctors feel it can be a serious thing then it really is not safe for him to fight. With that said, if there are no symptoms and if he's not having any real problems, I don't see why he couldn't be allowed to fight up until those symptoms (if they ever do) start showing.

Hopefully they let him fight if that is the case.
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It is definitely something to be concerted about for Hardy, heart arrhythmia can be a very serious thing. I suffered (and still do to an extent) a very bad arrhythmia, I would consistently pass out from it and it would cause me major distress, it can also cause cardiac arrest. I had to go through multiple ablations and medication to finally tone it down to where it is now.

Point being, if the doctors feel it can be a serious thing then it really is not safe for him to fight. With that said, if there are no symptoms and if he's not having any real problems, I don't see why he couldn't be allowed to fight up until those symptoms (if they ever do) start showing.

Hopefully they let him fight if that is the case.
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I thought the same thing when i saw this thread.

However after re-reading i can't imagine any scenario where this is not a coincidence.
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Sadly the commission will not clear him for the fight with Brown so the UFC were forced to draft in Jordan Mein as a replacement for Dan. It’s a great shame that the athletic commission simply take a reading from an EKG and decide whether he can or cannot fight, rather than looking at the evidence of the last 30 years of Dan’s life without a single symptom of the syndrome, the 10 year sports career he’s had, and the tests he’s also performed this week amongst other things.
Then during the last 10 year sports career the EKGs didn't show any anomalies worth being concerned about. Now it did.

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I wonder if the commissions will refuse to license him after this. I assume they are worried about him having a heart attack during a fight. Still I don't like the idea of a commission once again stripping a fighter of his livelihood because of a private medical condition.
It would be really sad for Hardy and the fans, but the commission and UFC absolutely DO NOT want anyone to die in the Octagon. It would be one of the worst things that could happen to MMA.
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