The first day of American Heart Month started off with headlines that had a lot of Houston Texans fans worried. Some websites reported star running back Arian Foster was going in for heart surgery next month.
Texans fans may remember when Foster left the game against Minnesota due to an irregular heartbeat.
Through a statement, Foster set the record straight saying, "Thank you all for the concern. As of now, I have no complications with my blood pumper. There was a casual conversation with a reporter about my particular condition that turned public. But I have not, nor do I plan to anytime in the near future, have conversations with my doctors about any surgery. I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever. Love and light to all those concerned!"
The 26-year-old has known of his irregular heartbeat, a condition called arrhythmia, since he was 12.
Symptoms include fluttering in chest, racing heartbeat, slow heartbeat, chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness and fainting.
Foster was said to be considering a surgery known as ablation.
UTHealth Interventional cardiologist Dr. Ali Denktas, who practices at the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, explained the procedure to Local 2.
He said, "The (electrocardiologists) put catheters inside the heart, find the area at which they would have to get rid of that extra circuit or pathway and they apply radio frequency energy through some catheters which basically burns or cooks the area to ablate or disrupt that circuitry."
The treatment is curative.
Arrhythmia is not uncommon and in most cases, is harmless. But when severe, it can be life-threatening.
Denktas explained, "If you feel prolonged episodes of irregular heartbeats, you should probably see a physician. One skipped beat here and there is probably OK, but you might want to mention it to your physician."
Irregular heartbeat can be caused by many things. Some people are born with it. It can also be brought on by high blood pressure, diabetes, even stress.