The Boston Bruins rookie was playing against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 26 at TD Garden when his heart started beating irregularly and fast.
McAvoy also remembers the good news.
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I think it was relief first off to find out it was not life-threatening and not dangerous to my overall health Youth J'Mon Moore Jersey , the 20-year-old defenseman said during a news conference at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday, his first comments since undergoing a procedure Jan. 22 to correct his condition.
To realize that obviously Im in there, kind of nervous, was this going to be something thats really bad Youth James Daniels Jersey , will I be able to play again or anything like that? So to find out that it was something that was not dangerous something I could still continue to play with, that was a good takeaway from the overall situation.
McAvoy said hed had similar episodes in the past but the one against the Oilers was the longest. He alerted team internist Dr. David Finn and trainer Don Del Negro. Tests confirmed Finns diagnosis of a supraventricular tachycardia, a condition not considered dangerous.
An ablation, the removal of tissue Youth Uchenna Nwosu Jersey , was done through a small catheter that entered through the lower abdomen and up into the heart.
Doctors assured McAvoy he could keep playing with little risk of anything worse than another episode. He continued to play and didnt miss a game until the day after the procedure.
Charlie talked about the time frame about when the decision was made, it was about the best medical decision for Charlie regardless of what games he was going to miss, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. Thats probably been one of the most amazing things is how well hes handled knowing that this was on deck and going out there and playing at the level he was. It says a lot about him.
McAvoy leads NHL rookies in ice time per game (22 minutes, 49 seconds) and has five goals and 20 assists in 45 games. He hadnt missed a game until Jan. 23 and gave no indication of what he was going through.
He put aside the prospect of another episode but was buoyed by knowing there was a plan should he have a reoccurrence.
Were it to come back Youth Frank Ragnow Jersey , I knew I would be fine, McAvoy said. We kind of talked about a little strategy if it did come back, kind of remove myself from the game and allow myself time to get my heart back (to normal) and feel good. Luckily we didnt get to that point.
McAvoy is to have a follow-up appointment with his doctor this week when his path to returning to the lineup will be determined. The Bruins initially predicted he would miss two weeks.
Under doctors orders he did no physical activity in the week after his procedure. But Monday he briefly skated on his own before the Bruins held their first on-ice practice since the All-Star break.
McAvoy doesnt expect his play to be much different when he returns. Maybe hell need a little extra time to get in full shape, but thats it.