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heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in KNECHTEL Family
Posted by: Peter Knegtel (ID *****7520) Date: August 08, 2005 at 10:26:45
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In 2000 my husband, G.W. Knechtel, was diagnosed with a heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is what young people that are into sports sometimes die from. They will just drop dead on the basketball court, etc. It is caused by an abnormal gene that is caused by exercise. Exercise instead of putting muscle into their arms, legs, etc. puts muscle into the heart. He is in a special study in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with a Cardiologist that is doing the study on this as it is so rare. The Dr. said that it is hereditary and that if it skips one generation it will definitely hit the next generation. All our children have been tested with an echocardiogram and are fine and all grandchildren from 3 yrs. Up have been tested and no one has been found to have this. When the grandchildren are 13 they have to be tested every year as this disease usually shows up from 13 to 21.

The Dr. has asked us to try and find members of the family who have died early. There have been no early deaths from this disease. That was up to last year when my husbands cousin, R. Knechtel,his grandson, was found to have the same disease and he is 16 yrs. Old.

My question to you is: Have you heard of any other Knechtel descendants that have had this disease or have died from heart attacks very early in life.
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