Atrial Fibrillation doesn’t discriminate. We’ve collected the photos of over 40 celebs who have dealt with A-Fib. You might be surprised to learn of the many celebrities with A-Fib. From the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL to track & field athletes and Olympic champions. Political leaders and public servants to musicians, actors and performers.
For example, Rower TOM JAMES was diagnosed with A-Fib in January 2012; He and his teammates claimed Wales’ second gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
MOTHER TERESA, the revered founder of the Missionaries of Charity and 1979 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Treated for A-Fib in 1992. (Pope Benedict XVI and Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson have A-Fib, too.)
Dodger relief Pitcher Kenley Jansen had been hospitalized in 2011 for Atrial Fibrillation and had an ablation in October 2012. Since then, he’s had no diagnosed recurrences of atrial fibrillation.
Update June 2015: Jansen was held out of relief work in the Dodger vs Colorado Rockies game as a health precaution. Jansen said he alerted the team’s trainers that he had an upset stomach and headache in the first inning. He was treated with intravenous fluids and given some tests, including the EKG, which found that his heart was in a normal rhythm. Because his blood pressure was elevated and because of his history of A-fib, the consulting doctor recommended Jansen not pitch in the game.
“Kenley’s had some history, and I don’t think anybody’s willing, at this point, to take any chances with his health over trying to win a game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Anxiety Might be a Factor
Noting acute anxiety as a primary symptom of atrial fibrillation, Jansen said his symptoms might have arisen because of his worry over having another episode of atrial fibrillation. He also thinks the mile-high Denver elevation played a part. “It gets you panicked a little bit,” he said.
photo credit: ESPN.GO.com
You might be surprised to learn of the many celebrities with A-Fib. From the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL to track & field athletes and Olympic champions; Political leaders and public servants to musicians, actors and performers.
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