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College Middle Line Backer Treated for Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome at Baptist Cardiovascular Services
Date:10/30/2009

Middle Line Backer Jared Ferguson of Centre College in Kentucky felt his heart racing after playing Millsaps College homecoming game on Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Jackson, MS (Vocus) October 30, 2009 -- Middle Line Backer Jared Ferguson of Centre College in Kentucky felt his heart racing after playing Millsaps College homecoming game on Saturday, October 24, 2009.

"I had been feeling feverish before playing, but I played the whole game," Ferguson said. "Then I collapsed."

Ferguson was brought to Baptist Medical Center Emergency Department where it was discovered he had a rare heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) caused by a conduction abnormality in the heart. One to three per 1,000 people suffer from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome worldwide.

He was transferred from the ER to the new Baptist Cardiovascular Center where Cardiac Electrophysiologist B. Judson Colley, III, MD and Cardiologist James L. Warnock, Jr., MD began treating him.

"Apparently, I have had this all my life and didn't know it," Ferguson added. "I had one other incident when I was playing football in the eighth grade. We thought it was just heat exhaustion."

In a normal heart, electrical signals use only one path when they move through the heart. This is the atrio-ventricular or A-V node. As the electrical signal moves from the heart's upper chambers (the atria) to the lower chambers (the ventricles), it causes the heart to beat. For the heart to beat properly, the timing of the electrical signal is important. If there's an extra conduction pathway, the electrical signal may arrive at the ventricles too soon. This condition is called Wolff-Par
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