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Basketball Fan
09-20-2012, 08:42 PM

Suns’ Channing Frye out indefinitely with enlarged heart

Heart screening of NBA players is a regular part of their pre-training camp physicals. It is what found Jeff Green’s heart condition that needed surgery last season. A number of other NBA players such as Ronny Turiaf have faced the same thing.

Now Suns forward Channing Frye is out indefinitely with an enlarged heart, the team announced. It was discovered by team doctors, but he has gone to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to have this looked at, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.

The team says he will not “participate in basketball activities” with the Suns until December, when he will be re-evaluated. The official diagnosis is of a dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that can be fatal and is usually treated with a drug regimen, according to the Mayo Clinic Web site.

Frye has been a starter with the Suns most of the past couple seasons, averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds a game last season. He’s a classic stretch four, a 6-foot-11 guy who is a career 39 percent shooter from three. That kind of play fit well with the drive-and-dish game of Steve Nash. While things were going to be different in Phoenix this year, they were looking for him to provide points.

While this is sad for the Suns, Frye is a husband and a father of two, so better to catch this than have it go undetected and for things to end poorly. We wish him the best in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back out on the court as soon as he can

09-20-2012, 08:57 PM
Thank goodness they found this now. Hopefully he'll be okay to lead a regular life, even if it doesn't include basketball.

09-20-2012, 09:29 PM
How does something like this go so long without being any doctor detecting it?

Is it possible that a heart can be "normal" and then become "enlarged" over the course of a few months?

Basketball Fan
09-21-2012, 12:09 AM
How does something like this go so long without being any doctor detecting it?

Is it possible that a heart can be "normal" and then become "enlarged" over the course of a few months?

It happens a lot more than you think and he's 6'11 guys that big tend to have large hearts.

Of course enlarged hearts can result from drug use too

Basketball Fan
09-30-2013, 01:25 PM

Channing Frye says he'll return

PHOENIX -- Forward Channing Frye says he will be back with the Phoenix Suns in training camp after sitting out last season with heart-related issues.

Frye made the announcement via Twitter on Sunday:

Frye has said that he has been cleared medically by several doctors but the Suns have not officially said he will be back.

Frye has said that a virus caused his heart to enlarge and that the recovery process was a slow one.

The Suns hold their media day on Monday, then hold a five-day training camp in Flagstaff.

10-03-2013, 01:50 PM
Same condition that killed Brooke Olzendam's husband as well. Sometimes genetic, sometimes caused by terrible diet and lifestyle choices. Your heart can become enlarged just by having chronic high blood pressure, the heart muscles exert more force as it pumps the blood harder and harder over the course of your life. I believe it if is too enlarged the blood vessels around the heart become over stretched and get constricted. Causing Heart disease or a fatal event.

10-03-2013, 02:52 PM
The real injury is probably his knee but theyre just saying its his heart as a ruse...