JJ Watt grateful to play after atrial fibrillation


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) β€” JJ Watt and his wife Kealia have spent the last few months looking at fetal ultrasounds and doing the best they can.

They never thought they were looking at pictures of Watt’s own mind.

β€œIt’s been a week.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year helped the Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers 26-16 on Sunday. Just three days later, after going into atrial fibrillation, his heart went into shock and regained its rhythm.

“I’ve spoken to cardiologists and electrophysiologists across the country,” Watt said. I could play like I always do and something could happen the next day and in 20 years it might never happen again. So rest assured, I’ll be back at practice on Friday and here I am.

“Obviously it’s been a very emotional week for me and my family, my wife and myself.

Watt learned on Sunday that the press had planned to tell him about his medical condition, which upset him.

to stay ahead of the news Watt tweeted A few hours before kickoff, “I was told that someone leaked my personal information. It will be reported today. I entered A-Fib on Wednesday, my heart went into shock on Thursday and I got my rhythm back, and today is playing..that’s it.”

After the game, Watt said he felt betrayed that someone had shared his personal medical information with the media.

“All I knew was my family and the people in the building,” Watt said.

Watt added: you leak injuries. That’s soccer. But this was so emotional for me that I was upset. ”

Watt deflected Baker Mayfield’s pass wide into the fourth quarter at the line of scrimmage, leading to an interception by Dennis Gardek, helping the Cardinals take a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter.

He finished with three tackles and two pass breakups.

“It shows what kind of person he is, a competitor, a human being. He’s special,” Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury said. It continues to amaze me that he is that type of person and player. ”

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray added:

Atrial fibrillation is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “an irregular, often very rapid heart rhythm that can cause blood clots in the heart.” If not treated properly, it can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.

Watts coming back soon from health scare as league face criticism Regarding the treatment of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a concussion last week.

NFL Players Association Saturday Fired an independent neurotrauma consultant Tagovailoa was allowed to play after hitting his head on the turf and tripping while trying to remove it, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person confirmed his dismissal on condition of anonymity as a joint review of Tagovailoa’s early return by the NFL and its players’ union is underway.

Even though Watt, 33, had to be put under anesthesia to shock his heart, his wife stayed by his side the entire time.

He doesn’t know what caused his arrhythmia, but he admitted that the experience scared him.

“Obviously I’ve had surgeries and injuries before,” Watt said. “And I’ve never been nervous about any of them. I’ve never been afraid of anesthesia. I’ve never been afraid of pain. When I said I would give it, I was scared.”

Watt said he was grateful to be healthy enough to play.

And now I’m looking forward to seeing my son, who is due in two weeks.

“I’m glad it all worked out,” Watt said. “I’m glad I was taken care of by good people, and I’m glad I was able to be here today.”


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