High-school basketball player, diagnosed
| February 7, 2012 8:06 AM
Feeling dizzy and experiencing noticeable heart
palpations, Louis Cielak, 18, sought help from local doctors — the
electrocardiogram (EKG) revealed Idiopathic Hypertrophic Sub-aortic
Cielak has a history of IHSS in his family, his
mother and grandfather were diagnosed with the disorder.
IHSS obstructs the flow of blood out of the
left ventricle of the heart because of excessive-heart growth
affecting the ventricular septum — the wall between the two lower
chambers (the right and left ventricles) of the heart.
Doctors advised Cielak to stop participating in
high-impact sports. The heart can suddenly go into cardic arrest if
the heart beats too quickly.
“I’m bummed I can’t play basketball anymore,”
Cielak said. “I guess I’ll just play my second-favorite sport now,
Cielak feels guilty because he can no longer
help his Logger teammates. However, the players tell him to ‘keep
his head up’ and ‘we are playing for you.’ He has continued to
travel with his team to support them as a sidelines coach.
Cielak played basketball in his freshman and
sophomore years as a guard and played as a post/center until his
diagnoses this year as a senior at Libby High School.
Cielak has an older sister and younger brother,
neither of his siblings have been diagnosed with IHSS.