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Star Lotulelei gets positive reports from recent heart test

Utah Pro Day Football AP

The top of the first round might look a little different, with a positive medical report for Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

According to Lya Wodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune, Lotulelei received good news from recent heart tests.

Dave Petron, Utah’s team physician said those tests showed “no evidence of dysfunction,” and that his heart function was “consistently with that of highly trained athletes.”

That’s good news for a player who was sidelined at the Combine because of concerns about his heart, though he was cleared to participate at Utah’s pro day.

A combine test showed his left ventricle operating at 44 percent efficiency (which sounds scary, but normal is apparently 55 to 70 percent), but more recent tests showed an improved result, which may signal he had a virus.

“There was no evidence of a dysfunction so we think it was transient in nature,” Petron said. “There was no reason why he couldn’t continue on in an athletic career.”

The blanket report is good news, but teams will still want to put Lotulelei through their own tests in addition to the Combine re-check, for players who don’t complete physicals in February.

While it might not be enough to vault him beyond Florida’s Sharrif Floyd to be the top player at his position, the lack of a medical red flag could easily put Lotulelei into the top 10-15 picks.

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8 Responses to “Star Lotulelei gets positive reports from recent heart test”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 1, 2013 8:15 PM

    It’s one thing to have a “lazy eye”. But a lazy ventrical is problematic.

  2. logica1voicesays says: Apr 1, 2013 8:16 PM

    Healthier than RG3.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 1, 2013 8:18 PM

    When you’re in Star’s shoes, the results show the glass 44% full.

  4. catfanatic1979v1 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:21 PM

    If I were him, I would start taking alot of supplements for my heart regardless. GPLC, magnesium orotate, and coQ10 are a few good ones for athletes.

  5. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 1, 2013 8:29 PM

    Before the heart episode, he was ranked higher than Floyd by many “experts”. If I needed a DT, I would take this beast top 10, no questions, if he truly is heart problem free.

  6. ceejayb says: Apr 1, 2013 8:32 PM

    Glad for him. Now go have a he’ll if a career big man!

  7. bigdinla says: Apr 1, 2013 8:38 PM

    His blood was thick from using water cutting pills.

  8. National Fanatic says: Apr 1, 2013 11:11 PM

    Fasting, losing weight, stress, elevated hart rates and dehydration for a 340 lbs man can cause some stress on the ole’ ticker. He couldn’t been #1 overall… WELCOME TO SAN DIEGO, errr STAR DIEGO!

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