All major news outlets reporting that Lisa Marie Presley has died this afternoon after suffering cardiac arrest at her home this morning. She was resuscitated at home, and then transported to a local hospital where she passed away.
It has previously been reported that Elvis himself carried a HCM causing gene. Elvis’ genetic analysis was featured in a program by U.K.’s Channel 4 Television in 2014. Elvis’ mother also died before age 50 of a “heart attack.”
Sending deepest condolences to Priscilla Presley, daughters Riley Keough, Harper Lockwood and Finley Lockwood.
A study published today by Dr. Carolyn Ho, of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues, including Australia’s Christopher Semsarian, found that there are several factors which appear to stand out in young people who later go on to develop HCM.
The children/adolescents/young adults who participated in the study all carried at least one gene associated with HCM, and were members of families with strong histories of HCM. None of the 38 young people had clinical manifestations of HCM at the beginning of the study period, while 4 went on to develop HCM by the end of the study. In collecting the data analyzed in the study, the test results of the 4 individuals with HCM were compared to the 34 individuals that did not have HCM at the end of the study.
The factors associated with the development of overt HCM, as identified by the researchers, were: abnormal left ventricular relaxation and higher ejection fraction, EKG changes, longer mitral valve leaflets, higher NT-proBNP concentrations and troponin values.
In the conclusion, the authors acknowledged the need for further research and investigation in order to better understand the natural course and evolution of the disease.