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  1. #1
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    Aug 2004
    The Boogie Down

    Niese doesn't need heart ablation surgery
    NEW YORK -- Turns out Jon Niese's heart issue was a non-issue.

    Originally scheduled to undergo a heart ablation before Christmas to correct the arrhythmias he has experienced throughout his career, Niese instead opted against surgery. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where he was scheduled to have the procedure, told him it was not necessary.

    "The doctors just said that it was nothing major and that I didn't need to have surgery," Niese said via telephone Monday evening. "I'm just going to go on as normal and that's it. It's a really good thing."

    Niese originally planned to have a heart ablation procedure during last year's All-Star break, but he decided to wait until after the season. When he spoke about the operation last month, the left-hander said he expected a full recovery from any procedure to take no more than three days.

    Twice in the past two years, Niese has experienced a rapid heartbeat on the mound, most recently forcing him out of a game last June. Following each episode, he underwent a battery of tests, which did not reveal anything alarming.

    Nor did his recent trip to the Cleveland Clinic, which left Niese happy to escape without facing the knife. A typical ablation procedure threads catheters through veins to a patient's heart, according to the Mayo Clinic, to correct structural problems that can cause arrhythmias. It works by scarring or destroying heart tissue that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm or, in some cases, by preventing abnormal electrical signals from traveling through a patient's heart.

    An ablation would have been Niese's second minor operation in two years; he underwent a rhinoplasty procedure last offseason to correct structural problems in his nose. Though that operation was technically cosmetic, Niese credited it with helping his breathing, thereby helping him increase his cardiovascular activities.

    The left-hander signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract extension in April, with enough team options to take him through the 2018 season. He responded with his best season as a big leaguer, going 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts. Niese struck out a career-high 155 batters in 190 1/3 innings, walking 49.

    He is scheduled to marry his fiancée, Leah Eckman, this Saturday.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2009
    Queens, NY
    Good to hear. Anything that involves the heart is concerning.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Yeah with this and what happened to Gee last year the Mets certainly get a weird share of odd medical problems unrelated to sports.

    Most important thing is it seems Niese is ok.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2010
    Niese has had alot of issues in his short career.

  5. #5
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    Jul 2008
    The Heart of Long Island
    Good news for anyone to receive.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Born in Brooklyn, New Jersey now.
    Funny to hear an ablation described as "facing the knife". Actually, they insert a wire into a vein in your leg, thread it up to your heart, and then zap (burn) the little spot on your heart that is causing the arrhythmia. (rapid or irregular heart beat) The procedure is minimally invasive.

    I had an ablation performed to correct a stubborn arrhythmia that I experienced 4 or 5 times a year. It wasn't life threatening, but caused discomfort, (the arrhythmia, not the ablation) a feeling of pressure in the chest. I had previously been controlling it with a pill. After the procedure, I went home and didn't miss any work. I really considered it a nothing, and I am surprised the media is blowing it up like this. Anyway,

    Good luck, Jon. Hope you have a banner season. Maybe you'll bring home a Cy Young. Think about it.
    Former B'klyn Dodger fan. Mets Maniac since 1962.

  7. #7
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    Aug 2012
    Anything negatives that fit to print.

  8. #8
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    Feb 2009
    The Boogie Down Bronx!
    I swear the Mets players get the weirdest injuries...

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