The beat doesn't always go on

Kindred, Dave
December 2005
Sporting News;12/9/2005, Vol. 229 Issue 49, p60
This article focuses on various heart diseases in different professional players in the U.S. Two basketball players Ronny Turiaf and Fred Hoiberg had open-heart surgery to repair their aortas. Joe Gibbs, coach of the Washington Redskins football team, had a cardiac catheterization, and a stent was placed in an artery to increase blood flow to his heart. Joe Vitt underwent cardiac catheterization, but he avoided a scheduled angioplasty in which a tiny balloon would have been used to open a coronary artery before diminished blood flow killed the heart. Jason Collier, another baseball player, died in his sleep. Doctors learned through autopsy that Collier's heart was so enlarged that it produced an irregular rhythm resulting in cardiac arrest.


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