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Jim Harbaugh has procedure to deal with irregular heartbeat


Coaches usually give the injury updates at practices, but the 49ers were giving one about coach Jim Harbaugh instead this Thursday.

The team issued a statement explaining that Harbaugh was not at practice because he needed to have a procedure done to deal with an irregular heartbeat. The entire text of the statement follows:

“Coach Harbaugh is not at the facility today under doctor’s orders. He is having a minor procedure done at Stanford Hospital today for an irregular heartbeat. We anticipate that he will be back at the facility tomorrow, but do not have any further information to share at this time. Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely will be overseeing today’s practice and meetings. When more information regarding coach Harbaugh is available we will pass that along.”

There’s not much to add here, outside of the fact that it sounds promising that Harbaugh is expected back at work in some capacity on Friday. Beyond that, we’ll just send our best wishes for a quick and complete recovery and express our hope that there isn’t a need for more medical intervention in the future to deal with the issue.

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36 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh has procedure to deal with irregular heartbeat”
  1. benh999 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:02 PM

    If he and his brother didn’t have high blood pressure, I’d be shocked.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Nov 15, 2012 3:06 PM

    Perhaps if he took it down a notch he’d feel better. For starters … just accept that every penalty assessed against your team is not a bad call.

  3. oaktown49er says: Nov 15, 2012 3:10 PM

    Nothing is regular about Harbaugh. Get back healthy coach.

  4. supremekingz says: Nov 15, 2012 3:11 PM

    Maybe we’ll see the haters ease up on all the “Harbaugh is a douche” comments this week, smh.

    Harbaugh is a great coach. Get well soon

  5. macklinr61 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:12 PM

    Captain Comeback is tougher than a two dollar steak. Sedate him plenty because his wiring won’t let him relax and take it easy.

  6. cubsin2049 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:12 PM

    Gotta have a heart to have an irregular heartbeat.

    Just ask any of the workers in the building on how he treats them.

  7. Johnny Chingas says: Nov 15, 2012 3:15 PM

    Harbaugh is the best coach the 49ers have had in years, his grit and personality give the team a new identity…Best wishes for him to have a full recovery so he can lead the team for many years to come.

  8. mvp43 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    Thankfully, he already played the Lions so he doesn’t have to worry about Schwarts running him down and triggering a cardiac arrest!

  9. bobhk says: Nov 15, 2012 3:20 PM

    cubsin2049 says:
    Nov 15, 2012 3:12 PM
    Gotta have a heart to have an irregular heartbeat.

    Just ask any of the workers in the building on how he treats them.
    Is that you Jim Schwartz??

  10. waxthat says: Nov 15, 2012 3:24 PM

    Get well soon coach…you’re doing a heck of a job

  11. sonoco says: Nov 15, 2012 3:24 PM

    Get well soon coach!

  12. jnova80 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:25 PM

    Get better soon, Jim!

  13. tombradysponytail says: Nov 15, 2012 3:26 PM

    He has a heart?

  14. thelastpieceofcheese says: Nov 15, 2012 3:26 PM

    He better chill out or he’s going down with a heart attack

  15. raidertheo says: Nov 15, 2012 3:27 PM

    Hopefully it leads to something more serious. I am so sick and tired of this bum crying and complaining every game.

  16. leroysbutler says: Nov 15, 2012 3:28 PM

    Maybe that’s why he appears to be psycho.

  17. mondzy805 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:30 PM

    Get well Coach. Thanks to you, Nobody got it better than us. From the 49ers Faithful.

  18. jjackwagon says: Nov 15, 2012 3:31 PM

    @ mvp43

    Somehow I don’t think he is afraid of Schwartz. And in beating Schwartz like a rented mule, he probably wouldn’t even break a sweat.

  19. sourdough says: Nov 15, 2012 3:33 PM

    Laying off booze will help his heart too.

  20. zillabeast says: Nov 15, 2012 3:35 PM

    Talk smack about Harbaugh all you want, but fans 95% of the NFL’s other teams wish they had a coach half as good as him.

  21. baloneyjohn says: Nov 15, 2012 3:44 PM

    This clown is his own worse enemy. Carrying on like he does, can not be healthy. Its a tired act and the players are probably immune to it.

  22. smcgaels1997 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:46 PM

    Seriously? A medical situation and its bash on Harbaugh..stay classy

  23. schmitty2 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    Is he doubtful,questionable, probable, or a game time decision for Mon night?

  24. derikeve says: Nov 15, 2012 3:49 PM

    Red bull strikes again!

  25. silverhornet says: Nov 15, 2012 3:56 PM

    Probably want to stay away from those Monster energy drinks.

  26. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 15, 2012 3:59 PM

    Thats why he has been so sedate on sidelines on game day… now that its taken care of… he can let the emotions out… kidding aside… wishing harbaugh a speedy recovery… dont miss a beat!

  27. jtylert says: Nov 15, 2012 4:01 PM

    From a Seahawks fan that thinks Harbaugh is insufferably annoying-

    A sincere get well soon.

    You’ve made divisional football fun again.

    Take it easy, coach.

  28. ihateravens says: Nov 15, 2012 4:05 PM

    Hope he is well but he probably has this problem because he looks a lot like the Baltimore coach.

  29. hawkfan50 says: Nov 15, 2012 4:29 PM

    Hawk fan here , with all the vitrol for the Niners and their coach that goes along with it . However …

    We are talking about a man’s life here . As a person with a pacemaker myself , I can’t think of any other ‘procedure’ for an irregular heartbeat other than a pacemaker implant . If thats the case , it’s doubtful he’ll be back to work tomorrow . Hopefully he feels better soon .

    Take it easy coach , give yourself time to heal properly . Sticking wires into your heart isn’t always the “minor procedure” they say it is . God bless .

  30. andylucksneck says: Nov 15, 2012 4:43 PM

    From a hospital bed he is still 10 times the coach his little brother is.

  31. rhone16 says: Nov 15, 2012 5:10 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t instruct the team to say only that he’s “working through something”. (For those who don’t follow the Niners, that’s usually as much detail as Harbaugh will provide regarding injured players.)

  32. gcberger says: Nov 15, 2012 5:17 PM

    Irregular heartbeat? Atrial Fibrillation? A-Fib is no joke, believe me. It can be controlled in many cases by a combination of medication and quitting both alcohol and caffiene. No booze, no coffee, no cokes! And, by cutting out alcohol and soft drinks, the pounds come off!

    Good luck, coach.

  33. hrmlss says: Nov 15, 2012 5:21 PM

    The procedure is an ablation, it involve running a catheter up thru a vein in his groin, into the right side of his heart, piercing the center wall of the heart into the left side and then using the catheter , they freeze the hyper active muscles in the heart walls, usually the muscle rings around the vessels leading out of the heart. Can be up and around in a few hours or have to stay overnight. Have to stay on blood thinners for a while. The worst part is post surgery when you have to lay in bed with big sand bags keeping pressure on the holes in your groin so you don’t bleed out. Works though, I havent had a problem in 9 years since mine.

  34. mluebke6 says: Nov 15, 2012 5:57 PM

    My semi educated guess would be that is a “cardio-vert”. The procedure is as simple as getting the paddles. Kind of a reset button for your heart. Supplimented with a few medications. The long term fix is usually an ablation procedure. I have some experience, 6 cardioversions and 4 ablations, both of which are relatively simple and easy to recover from. My last one was 3 months ago, the entry points are so tiny now that “sandbags” are no longer used. I hope coach gets healthy and continues to be as intense as ever. -Lions fan.

  35. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 15, 2012 5:59 PM

    As coach himself says….”No time to sit around and worry…just gotta dust off and ride”

  36. discosucs2005 says: Nov 15, 2012 11:05 PM

    Just ask any of the workers in the building on how he treats them.

    What are you talking about? A good friend of mine works at Candlestick and has met Harbaugh twice, and the second time they met (around 3 months after the first time) Harbaugh not only remembered his name, but remembered that he had said his dog was having surgery and asked how it went (it went fine). And my friend is like the lowest level employee (sorry if you’re reading this Dani, but you know it’s true).

    I mean, maybe that was just one random thing and he’s mean to everyone else but nice to my friend, but I don’t think there is any reason to think Harbaugh is mean to the people that work for him.

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