Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen likely will have second heart surgery in offseason – The Denver Post

Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen likely will have second heart surgery in offseason – The Denver Post

  14 Aug 2018

After being put on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen returned to the clubhouse Monday, but he told reporters he thinks it is likely he will need to undergo a second heart procedure this offseason, according to ESPN.

The procedure will most likely be a heart ablation or cardioversion. A heart ablation is a procedure that corrects heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias). According to the Mayo Clinic, cardiac ablation scars or destroys tissue in the heart that “triggers” abnormal heart rhythm. The procedure uses catheters, which are inserted through veins or arteries in the groin and threaded to the heart. This delivers hot energy or extremely cold energy, which modifies the tissues in the heart that cause arrhythmias.

A cardioversion, which Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh underwent in 2012, is done by sending electric shocks to the heart through electrodes placed on the chest.

Jansen was placed on the disabled list Friday after feeling some discomfort before Los Angeles faced the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. According to Doug Padilla of MLB.com, Jansen called 911 in Denver and doctors needed to use an electric shock to get his heart back to rhythm. Still, Jansen is expected to return in four to six weeks.

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