Quinnipiac Athletics Hosts ‘Hoops for Heart Health’ Fundraiser in Conjunction with Mike Papale’s Return

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac men’s basketball team celebrated the return of Mike Papale to the bench on against Monmouth, as the Bobcats Director of Basketball Operations is back after a frightening heart infection forced him to the sideline for nearly two months this season. In conjunction with his return, Quinnipiac hosted a fundraiser for the charity ‘Hoops for Heart Health’, a foundation that Papale has worked closely with in recent years.

Papale, now in his third season at Quinnipiac, suffers from a hereditary condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which affects the heart muscle. Papale first became aware of the condition back in August of 2006 when he suffered a heart attack while working a basketball camp at Wallingford Parks and Recreation.

Papale underwent an operation to implant a combined pacemaker and defibrillator, a specialized device designed to directly treat a cardiac tachydysrhythmia. Scare struck again for Papale two months ago, when he suffered erratic conditions such as a high fever and chills, knowing immediately that something wasn’t right.

Papale’s doctor discovered a bacterial infection on his implanted defibrillator which needed to be removed and sterilized. Unfortunately, the scar tissue started bleeding during the procedure which required an emergency open-heart surgery to stop the bleeding and detach the device. After 12 hours of surgery, the device was successfully removed and Papale was given a Zoll Live Vest which acts as a portable defibrillator. He used this, along with Picc Line to deliver an antibiotic, for six weeks before a final surgery to reinstall a Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator.

“After spending the last two months recovering, I cannot express how excited I am to be back on the bench Thursday night for our game against Monmouth,” said Papale. “The support I have received from the Quinnipiac University community has been incredible and I would like to thank everyone who helped my family and me go through this difficult time. Hoops for Heart Health is a great foundation that helps save lives. I am proud that our community here at Quinnipiac is contributing to this cause on Thursday.”

Hoops For Heart Health is a not-for-profit association that was established to address the problem of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in high school, collegiate and professional sports. Fans can donate to the cause on Thursday night in the Main Lobby of the TD Bank Sports Center or by visiting this link, https://hoopsforhearthealth.org/donation/.

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