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Stars' Peverley will sit out for rest of season after collapse

Peverley Out For Season After Collapse

DALLAS (AP) -- Rich Peverley will not play again this season after collapsing on the bench during a game.

Whether the Dallas Stars forward resumes his career won't be known until after more extensive work evaluating his irregular heartbeat.

Peverley appeared briefly at a news conference Wednesday, 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 he would undergo a procedure that he decided to put off when his condition was first discovered during a physical before training camp 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 offseason trade from the Boston Bruins. "And so we went back and forth. That was a joint decision, an informed decision on his part."

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 was postponed.

The procedure Peverley skipped in September, called an ablation, will likely be performed within days.

When he walked out of the news conference at St. Paul University Hospital, Peverley could be seen wearing a device that a doctor later described as something that monitors his heart rate constantly and can automatically implement corrective measures if the heartbeat gets out of rhythm.

Peverley remains hospitalized, but all heart tests have been normal, Dimeff said.

"The last couple of days have been a lot of anxiety, a lot of unknown," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "It turns out that it's a great day to walk in here, to see Rich Peverley walking in here."

Dimeff said the question of whether it's safe for Peverley to play hockey again wasn't one they wanted to address yet.

Peverley was sidelined through the first game of the regular season after the condition was diagnosed, then played in 60 straight games before complaining of discomfort that caused him to miss a game at Columbus last week. He played in two more games before his collapse.

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java11956 March 12 2014 at 9:16 PM

Health first! Sending many blessings to you & your family!

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mdfbdog March 13 2014 at 6:56 AM

A message to Mr. Peverley from a athlete cured of afib through ablation. Had afib for 10 years previous to my ablation procedure at Mayo. The cured me 9 years ago. Truly a miracle. Want to send good thoughts letting you know the technology is in place to cure your afib. All the best.

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minus99 March 13 2014 at 7:07 AM

Good luck Rich---you are missed by Boston fans.

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lov2elkhnt March 13 2014 at 11:33 AM

Your lucky to still be with us kid. Let the docs go to work and iron this heart flop out. You'll pull out of it thanks to your youth. Next year will be great.

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eturner1952 lov2elkhnt March 13 2014 at 11:45 AM

elkhnt, thanks for introducing me to [insert body part name here] flop. Can't wait to work it into everyday conversation :)

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Pearl March 13 2014 at 2:08 AM

My husband has this condition, but he is elderly, this is so sad for such a young person.

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Beautiful March 13 2014 at 12:08 AM

I've had four heart surgeries, Ablation is one of them, one of the smoothest and most beneficial! I run, swim and stay very active! Enjoy the new heart beat and continue to play hard!

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vaitkusm March 13 2014 at 12:16 PM

Hockey is such a physical sport, with a heart condition, or the medical problems he has, I don't think he should be playing, he probably loves the sport, but, without your health you have no wealth. He is very lucky, to be alive, Good luck to you Rich Peverley. I love hockey, King Fan since 1977.

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rickmarylynn March 12 2014 at 9:52 PM

I was at the Detroit Red Wing game when this same thing happened to Jiri Fischer. Jiri never played again but he still skates in special events and is a coach for the team

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hpal5 March 13 2014 at 6:58 AM

Peverley will probably need to be on blood thinners because of the increased risk of stroke if the diagnosis is Atrial Fibrillation (AF) . In AF, 90% of the time, The Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) is the area of the heart where clots form, break free, travel to the brain and cause strokes. It would be way too dangerous to return to the ice while on these blood thinners. The Lariat procedure should be considered for him to tie off the LAA so he can return to playing hockey without the need to be on blood thinners. It's a cool procedure, done through a small puncture under the breastbone. Can be followed by ablation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=d3qtQVxNGPc

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Dr Gerry hpal5 March 13 2014 at 8:27 PM

For me, your information is not up to date.

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lgvxl42 March 13 2014 at 1:51 PM

............As an avid Red Wing fan I've seen this scenario played out before. We had a young Defenceman, Yuri Fischer, who suffered a heart condition & had to give up playing the game while still in his early 20's. He is with us today & an integral part of the organization & the game he loves. I wish only the best for Rich . But realize that he has a bright future in this sport in other capacities than on the ice. First & foremost is the health & safety of Rich, for his sake.

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