Although I do not know details, I believe the following are reasonable assumptions that can be made from what was posted on the instagram account…
(1) A 2 year process to discover a ‘short circuit’ … !!
2 years! Are you kidding me? And its only recently that he was told to stop riding his bike? The kid is lucky to be alive. No ifs, ands or buts…. he is 100% lucky to be alive because with an uncontrolled heart beat its not implausible that he could have had a cardiac arrest at any point in time in the past 2 years… and what if that happened while out on a ride, alone, what about in a race, a MTB race no less potentially far from immediate emergency medical assistance, or what if it happened in his sleep?
(2) Asthma? Seriously… asthma? Puffers? With a HR that won’t come down from 220+ at rest?
What a statement about our health care system. Did anyone even listen to the signs & symptoms that this child had or is it unfathomable to anyone that a teen could be experiencing heart disease signs typically left for 50+ year olds, and brushed it off as … asthma! What an health care system! A system which incentive-izes quantity of patient care instead of quality, a system which incentive-izes the prescription of drugs as the cure-all.
Meanwhile, if Logan’s father came to a doctor with these signs & symptoms he would have been escorted to the Emergency Department of a local hospital or told to immediately go to the local hospital for examination and observation. Ya think Logan’s father would have been diagnosed with asthma and given puffers? Hell no! Why? Because its ‘expected’ for someone older to have heart issues, and its not expected for a teen boy to have heart issues… our system treats the signs & symptoms you are ‘supposed’ to have based on your age, not the signs & symptoms you are actually having… and we call this health care!
Lulled into passivity that all exercise is healthy, especially Hi Intensity Interval Training (i.e. HiiT and all its variations), lulled into complacency that repeated excessively intense training has the potential to alter the heart health of an healthy teenager… and voila… 2 years before someone got a clue and said to stop riding!
(3) “Born with a short circuit”…?
Seriously? A congenital short circuit… how exactly was that diagnosed? Sure, a structural impairment of the heart can be diagnosed as congenital many years after birth and may not had an impact until the heart was severely stressed, but an electrical issue? How did an electrical dysfunction of the heart go unnoticed for over a decade? If it was congenital, then shouldn’t Logan have had heart beat irregularities from birth, hence shouldn’t Logan have noticed irregularities in his heart rate from the first day he wore a heart rate monitor? Or is it once again implausible to conceive that a teenager could develop – through excessively intense training – the same heart disease signs & symptoms that a 50+ year old develops as a result of unhealthy living and not as a birth defect?
How bout this… we are a society that cannot conceive that athletes (especially children who are athletes) can push themselves, will push themselves and that trainers/coaches will push both junior and masters athletes so hard so as to cause the development of heart disease signs & symptoms that have been up til this century reserved for “unhealthy” adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s.
Not possible… yeah… read this: 15 yr old dies in his sleep of silent heart attacks and the coroner reports NO CONGENITAL HEART ISSUES!