Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy has procedure for abnormal heart rhythm

Charlie McAvoy. (Michael Dwyer, File/AP)

Boston Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy underwent a successful procedure on Monday to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.

McAvoy started experiencing heart palpitations during a late-November game and told team doctors afterwards. He was then diagnosed with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) following an evaluation.

“The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms,” Bruins internist Dr. David Finn said in a statement.

McAvoy decided to have the condition treated with the procedure “ablation” due to the fact that the abnormal heart rhythm has a high probability of recurring. He had been cleared by Boston’s medical team to play through Saturday’s game.

The 20-year-old rookie is being monitored overnight at Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to be out for two weeks.


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