Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peverley sidelined for season

DALLAS—Rich Peverley will not play again this season after collapsing on the bench during a game Monday night.
Whether the Dallas Stars’ forward will ever play again won’t be known until after more extensive work is done to evaluate his irregular heartbeat.

Peverley appeared briefly at a news conference yesterday, reading nervously from a statement that thanked “the number of people that saved my life” after he went down in the first period of a game against Columbus—stunning players, coaches, and fans.
The 31-year-old left the questions to doctors, who said his season was over and that he would undergo a procedure he decided to put off when his condition was first discovered during a physical before training camp back in September.
Dr. Robert Dimeff said Peverley was given the option of treating atrial fibrillation—the most common type of heart arrhythmia—with a minor adjustment and medication, or missing several months to undergo a more invasive approach.
“He said, ‘I’m new to the team, it’s a new coach, a new general manager, I only have a two-year contract, they’ve got to know that I can play,”’ Dimeff said of Peverley, who came to the Stars in an off-season trade from the Boston Bruins.
“And so we went back and forth.
“That was a joint decision, an informed decision on his part,” Dimeff noted.
Dimeff said Peverley’s heart likely raced out of control and then stopped during the game against Columbus on Monday night, but probably for no more than about 10 seconds before medical personnel got it going again in the tunnel behind the Dallas bench at American Airlines Center.
The game subsequently was postponed.
The procedure Peverley skipped in September—called an ablation—likely will be performed within days.
When he walked out of the news conference at St. Paul University Hospital, Peverley could be seen wearing a device a doctor later described as something that monitors his heart rate constantly, and can be used to implement corrective measures if the heartbeat gets out of rhythm.
Peverley remains hospitalized but all heart tests have been normal, Dimeff said.
Dimeff added the question of whether it’s safe for Peverley to play hockey again wasn’t one they wanted to address yet.

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