English batsman James Taylor has announced his retirement from cricket because of a heart condition called ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy).
John Maytham asked Dr Lervasen Pillay a general practitioner specialising in Sports Medicine, whether this w as something on the increase among top sports people.
It's three people we have heard about which is a small number, and that;s what the rates are. It is a very small number of elite sports people who are diagnosed with these conditions.— Dr Lervasen Pillay, GP
Pillay sasy it probably gets picked up sooner because these athletes go through such rigorous screenings, and so it is diagnosed.
The incidents in the general population is .2% - one in 500 people will have this condition whether symptomatic or not.
And the prognosis for the rest of someone like James Taylor's life?
Generally the recommendation with these conditions is that that the patient should stay away from doing any medium to high intensity sports involvement, or exercise involvement.— Dr Lervasen Pillay, GP
From a general life perspective, you will start developing other related issues from the pulmonary side, which is the respiratory side, as the heart starts deteriorating— Dr Lervasen Pillay, GP
Pillay says some athletes continue participating and taking that risk, while others choice to retire.