So sad! YouTube star Caleb Logan may have actually died of a cardiac arrest as a result of a devastating heart condition that he possibly inherited, HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned when we talked to a top doctor about the reality star’s shocking and sudden death.
Caleb Logan Bratayley was only 13 years old when he suddenly passed away due to what his mother, Katie Bratayley, described on Instagram as “an undetected medical condition.” But we have now learned that the teenager’s family has a history of having a heart condition, which could have brought on a cardiac arrest. Dr. Roger Mignosa explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY how this hereditary condition can go on undetected and result in “spontaneous death.”
“If Caleb Logan’s family had a history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition where the heart muscle is enlarged, than he most likely had that condition as well, as it is genetic,” Dr. Roger Mignosa tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “The cause of death in young people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an arrhythmia that causes cardiac arrest. The prevalence is about 0.05% with males being more likely to have it. Only 1-3% of people die from this condition and it affects children more than adults.”
After hearing this, we couldn’t help but wonder if Caleb’s death could have been prevented. “This is a difficult condition to detect, but if it runs in someone’s family, I would advise for the parents and the kids to get a heart ultrasound. With a heart ultrasound, you can see the thickness of the muscle on the heart wall. The heart does beat differently, but again this is difficult to detect without an ultrasound,” Dr. Mignosa explains. “This condition is not preventable because it is genetic, however if Caleb’s parents had known he had this condition, his life could have been prolonged. He would have been given beta blockers, to slow down the heart, his activity would have been monitored and he would have had regular follow-ups with a cardiologist. When someone has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, their activity level has to be monitored because exercise puts stress on the heart, and this condition already causes the heart to be stressed.”
Caleb Logan: Genetic Heart Condition — Did It Cause A Cardiac Arrest?
Since this heart condition is genetic, does this mean Caleb’s two younger sisters, Annie, 10, and Hayley , 7, are at risk? Dr. Mignosa explains, “Since Caleb’s sisters are gymnasts, I would highly advise that they undergo a heart ultrasound. Another spontaneous death can be prevented with the correct medication, monitoring one’s activity level and follow-up visits to the doctor. A heart transplant is a possibility, but rare. Children and adults with this type of heart condition can be medically managed with drugs.”
We continue to send out prayers and thoughts to Caleb’s family and friends.
— Sandra Clark