Celtics star's heart problem 
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 Celtics star's heart problem


The following post comes from my ClariNet (R) feed.
Anyone have any info on what this guy's ailment is?

 * Forwarded from "upi.sports.basketball"
 * Originally from UPI
 * Originally dated 05-03-93 18:01

BOSTON (UPI) -- Reggie Lewis, the Boston Celtics' captain and
leading
scorer, checked in to a second Boston hospital Monday to get
another
opinion about a potential career-threatening heart problem.
Lewis was reported to be in ``stable condition and undergoing
further
tests'' at Brigham and Women's Hospital for what The Boston Globe
reported was ``focal cardiomyopathy.''
Lewis, accompanied by his wife, Donna, surprised officials by
checking himself out of New England Baptist Hospital late Sunday
night. The
Globe quoted a source as saying the implications of Lewis's
condition were
``very, very complicated.'' New England Baptist Hospital spokesman
James
Rattray said earlier that Lewis was definitely out for the rest of
the
playoffs. Rattray said Lewis signed a waiver and checked himself
out late
Sunday night against medical advice. ``This is highly unusual,''
Rattray said.
``He's doing this against the advice of the Celtics, (Celtics'
team physician)
Dr. (Arnold) Scheller, and the doctors who have treated him.''
Lewis had spent
two days at New England Baptist undergoing tests to determine what
caused him
to momentarily black out and fall to the floor during the Celtics'
first
playoff game against the C{*filter*}te Hornets last Thursday. In a
statement
Sunday, New England Baptist said ``cardiac abnomalities have been
identified
that are likely to have contributed to his loss of consciousness
during
Thursday night's game.'' Lewis is now to undergo more tests at
Brigham and
Women's to confirm that diagnosis and to determine a course of
treatment.
Lewis, a 6-foot-7 guard, averaged more than 20 points a game
during the regular
season and scored 17 points in 14 minutes in a Game 1 victory over
the Hornets.
Lewis stumbled and fell while running down the court during the
first period of
the C{*filter*}te game. Lewis said after the game that the incident
reminded him of
the ``Hank Gathers thing,'' a reference to the Loyola Marymount
star who
collapsed and died of a heart ailment several years ago during a
game. The
Celtics and the Hornets are tied 1-1 in their best-of-five first-
round playoff
series. They were scheduled to play again Monday night in
C{*filter*}te.

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Sat, 21 Oct 1995 13:33:00 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem
Sounds like a cardiac arrhythmia to me.  Hank Gathers died of
one.  Definitely has the potential to be dangerous.

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Sun, 22 Oct 1995 00:18:15 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem

Quote:

>Sounds like a cardiac arrhythmia to me.  Hank Gathers died of
>one.  Definitely has the potential to be dangerous.

What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?

Sherri Nichols



Sun, 22 Oct 1995 02:37:23 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem

Quote:

>What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
>second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
>would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?

They weren't against his getting a second opinion, they were against his
walking out of the hospital to get it.  He essentially discharged himself
and drove to the second hospital.  They didn't want him to check out, but
if he did, they wanted him to take an ambulance (which he refused).

There is, of course, all sorts of politics going on.  He was escorted to
the second hospital by the, I believe, VP of Human Resources of that
hospital.  There is also the matter of Lewis' coming back into the game
after he collapsed--the Celtics management is taking a lot of flack
for that is well.

Beth Mazur             "You can't always get what you want.  But if you try

uunet!inmet!mazur                                  -- The Rolling Stones



Sun, 22 Oct 1995 03:48:46 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem
Quote:

> What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
> second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
> would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?

I think that you might have misread this.  He was *leaving the
hospital* against the advice of the Celtics, the team doctor,
and the hospital doctors.  Not a second opinion issue at all.

Bob Schmieg



Sun, 22 Oct 1995 04:17:19 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem

Quote:

>> What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
>> second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
>> would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?
>I think that you might have misread this.  He was *leaving the
>hospital* against the advice of the Celtics, the team doctor,
>and the hospital doctors.  Not a second opinion issue at all.

He was leaving the hospital to go to another hospital to get a second
opinion.  

Sherri Nichols



Sun, 22 Oct 1995 06:50:56 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem

Quote:


>>Sounds like a cardiac arrhythmia to me.  Hank Gathers died of
>>one.  Definitely has the potential to be dangerous.

>What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
>second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
>would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?

I have no idea, unless they just didn't want to pay for it.  I assume
his insurance will cover that.  In my opinion, Brigham and Women's
hospital is a better hospital than New England Baptist, where he
got the first opinion.  I suspect, however, that the second opinion
will be the same as the first.  I would never advise against getting
a second opinion unless I thought the patient was so ill that it
wasn't safe for them to travel to the other hospital, in which case
a consultant from there would likely be willing to come to him.  I
know I have been called by neurologists at other hospitals to come
and give such a second opinion in cases where the patient was too
sick but still wanted to have one.
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Sun, 22 Oct 1995 23:41:33 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem

Quote:

> >What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
> >second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
> >would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?

> I have no idea, unless they just didn't want to pay for it.

The events described in yesterday's Boston Globe were slightly different.
It appears that N.E. Baptist was isolating Mr. Lewis from people he wanted
to deal with (e.g., his wife). There was some implication that he was not
allowed to get a second opinion from the doctor of his choice. It sounded
like malfeasance, but it could be reporter distortion.

Lewis checked out of the hospital and got into a van driven by the head
of human relations of Brigham and Women's. One of the people that N.E.
Baptist would not allow Mr. Lewis to see. He didn't walk far, and he
effectively went straight from one hospital to another. For someone
who was playing basketball after his problem manifested, walking a
few feet was probably not dangerous. His largest hazard was apt to be
related to his anger over the situation.
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Disclaimer: My employer is not responsible for my opinions.



Mon, 23 Oct 1995 03:29:06 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem
Quote:


>>Sounds like a cardiac arrhythmia to me.  Hank Gathers died of
>>one.  Definitely has the potential to be dangerous.

>What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
>second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
>would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?

x
Well, being a local Bostonian sports fan, I can at least report
what the sports pages said :=).
The team physicians first off blew the diagnosis.  Lewis had collapsed
at least twice previously this year.  When he collapsed during the
playoff game, He knew he hadn't hit his head.  This didn't stop the
team MD from assuming it was a concussion ("...his pulse was normal
when we checked it [30 mins after the fall].."), and never looked
at the videotape which clearly showed no contact.
Then, at the hospital, the team MD group was rude to Lewis, rude
to the chief of cardiology at a competing hospital (but that's sort
of standard for Boston :=0 ), and refused to confer with Lewis or
his wife over diagnosis and planned treatment.
Lewis was afraid the MDs were more concerned for the team than for
him as a person, and left.
Several media commentators pointed out that only a rich important
person could do this.  Us peons are stuck with an HMO and cannot
bail out no matter how rotten the treatment we get.

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Parse this: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is(n't).



Mon, 23 Oct 1995 01:25:16 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem

Quote:



>>>Sounds like a cardiac arrhythmia to me.  Hank Gathers died of
>>>one.  Definitely has the potential to be dangerous.

>>What I didn't understand about this whole thing was that Lewis is getting a
>>second opinion *against the advice of the Celtics and the doctors*.  Why
>>would anyone ever advise against getting a second opinion?
>I have no idea [...]

You have no idea because the (net) patient misled you.
Is that why doctors learn to be skeptical?    :)

Lewis was actually seeking a 13th opinion, not a 2nd opinion.
The newspapers here in Boston reported that the Celtics assembled
a team of a dozen specialists to confer on Lewis.  Several doctors and
hospital affiliations were mentioned, including associations with most or all
the big name teaching hospitals.

Nevertheless, it seems that there is a potential conflict
of interest, in that the Celtics stand to lose millions from
the loss of his services.  So even without knowing the inside
story of the dissatisfaction of Lewis's entourage, getting away
from a group selected by, supervised by and ultimately interpreted by the
team physician seems to make sense.

Oren Haber-Schaim      



Mon, 23 Oct 1995 06:28:16 GMT
 Celtics star's heart problem

Quote:

>The team physicians first off blew the diagnosis.  Lewis had collapsed
>at least twice previously this year.  When he collapsed during the
>playoff game, He knew he hadn't hit his head.  This didn't stop the
>team MD from assuming it was a concussion ("...his pulse was normal
>when we checked it [30 mins after the fall].."), and never looked
>at the videotape which clearly showed no contact.

One problem is that team physicians are almost always orthopedic
specialists.  They are the best ones to handle sports injuries,
but know very little about cardiology, usually.

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Tue, 24 Oct 1995 00:49:15 GMT
 
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