NFL’s JJ Watt ‘walked into AFib’, had a shock to his heart

(NEXSTAR) – Despite having atrial fibrillation a few days ago and his “heart getting back into rhythm,” Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt says he will play Sunday afternoon’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

in one Tweet on Sunday morning, the Wisconsin native said, “I went to A-Fib on Wednesday, my heart went into shock Thursday, and I’m playing today. That’s it.”

He noted that he had learned that someone had “leaked some personal information about me” and that the information would be reported on Sunday.

Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, is a heart rhythm disorder that occurs when the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or irregularly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can increase a person’s risk of having a stroke and was found to be the underlying cause of more than 26,000 deaths in the US in 2019.

Watt missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. According to ESPN, the Cardinals listed his absence in their injury report as a result of “Wade/illness.”

The 33-year-old was unwell on Wednesday and sought medical attention, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. When the doctor determined that Watt’s heart was out of rhythm, Watt underwent shock treatment.

AFib can usually be treated with medications, blood thinners, surgery, and healthy lifestyle changes, the CDC explains.

Watt is in his second season with the Cardinals after spending ten seasons with the Houston Texans. He and his wife Kealia Ohai, a professional soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars, are expecting their first child. NFL’s JJ Watt ‘walked into AFib’, had a shock to his heart

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