Clifton to Miss at Least a Month with Heart Abnormality


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<font class=caption>Clifton started 17 of Clemson's 31 games last year.</font>
Clifton started 17 of Clemson's 31 games last year.

Clemson, SC-Clemson sophomore forward Dwon Clifton will miss at least
a month as the result of a congenital cardiac abnormality, Clemson
Head Coach Larry Shyatt said Wednesday. His status will be
reevaluated after he undergoes several tests at area hospitals and at
Emory Hospital in Atlanta.


Clifton had a fainting episode near the conclusion of an
individual workout with Coach Shyatt last week. He was immediately
taken to Redfern Health Center and examined by Dr. Byron Harder,
Clemson's team physician. He has been undergoing tests ever since.


On Wednesday afternoon he was diagnosed with Long QT
Syndrome, a condition that makes the heart take an abnormally long
period of time in its repolarization process. "We have had Dwon
undergo many brain and heart tests since the episode last week," said
Harder. "He will continue to undergo tests in the coming weeks and
he will be away from basketball for at least a month.


"We will evaluate his status at that time. There is a high
probability that he will not be able to play competitive college
basketball again."


"We are only concerned with Dwon's longterm health at this
time," said Shyatt. "We have talked with Dwon and his family and
will do whatever is best for him. I spoke with him today and he is
feeling fine and is in great physical condition. In our preseason
conditioning tests he rated among the best on the team, if not the
best in every category."


Clifton started 17 of Clemson's 31 games last year. He and
classmate Tony Stockman were the only Tigers to play in every game
last year as freshmen. The 6-5 native of High Point, NC averaged
3.9 points and 2.6 assists per game a year ago. His top game was a
10-point, seven-rebound outing at North Carolina late in the year.
He had a season high 12 rebounds against Washington in a tournament
in Puerto Rico.


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