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Report: Arian Foster likely to undergo heart surgery

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Houston running back Arian Foster was forced to leave the Texans’ Week 16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings due to an irregular heartbeat that surfaced during the game.

It was considered a minor issue at the time and didn’t keep Foster from playing in any of the Texans’ remaining games this season. However, it’s an issue Foster appears to be looking into correcting.

According to Alex Flanagan of the NFL Network, Foster is likely to undergo a procedure on his heart in about a month to correct the issue. Foster has apparently experienced issues with his heart dating back to when he was 12 years old but the episode against the Vikings was the first time he’d experienced it in a game.

Even though the episodes of irregular heartbeat themselves may be considered minor, heart surgery isn’t. Hopefully, Foster’s surgery goes by the book and he’s back and ready to go for the start of next season.

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  1. nyjets1017 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:01 AM

    One of the few great role model type players in the league. Hope he gets better and is back to normal in no time. Really a fan of him.

  2. j4g3rb0mb3d says: Feb 1, 2013 1:03 AM

    That’s stunning, to say the least. Hopefully, the surgery goes great and he’s back on the field soon afterwards.

  3. kilo0986 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:08 AM

    That’s what happens when you go vegan. Be healthy and be balanced and you won’t have those problems.

  4. chawk12thman says: Feb 1, 2013 1:10 AM

    Good Luck! Hope it goes well and is routine/minor by heart surgery operation standards.

  5. daknight93 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:11 AM

    I wish Arian Foster the best with successful heart surgery, but I’m quite sure retirement has crossed his mind and I hope he makes the best decision for himself and family cause any type of heart surgery is serious

  6. gavinmac says: Feb 1, 2013 1:15 AM

    The Alex Flanagan report says he may undergo a heart “procedure,” specifically, an “ablation,” which involves inserting a catheter into the groin that then goes into the heart.

    That’s an invasive procedure to be sure, but you’re headline shouldn’t say he’s likely to have “heart surgery.”

    Heart surgery generally involves cutting into the breastbone, a longer recovery time, etc.

  7. latchbeam says: Feb 1, 2013 1:17 AM

    Good luck bro!

  8. dkrauss93 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:23 AM

    Wow. Wish you well Arian and hope you come back better then ever

  9. coltzfan166 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:25 AM

    From a Colts fan, I hope everything goes okay!

  10. skoobyfl says: Feb 1, 2013 1:26 AM

    His heart wasn’t into it.

  11. hcat44 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:28 AM

    Scary man, hope the procedure goes just fine and corrects whatever is wrong. Better to get something done now before it potentially gets worse. #namaste

  12. wheremyfreeobamaphone says: Feb 1, 2013 1:29 AM

    Not a Texans fan but he seems like a decent guy and is a hell of a player.

    Hopefully everything works out.

  13. orndorf2 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:34 AM

    I wonder why this condition wasn’t detected during an exam. I know the teams medical staff check out players before awarding large $ contracts. I hope this isn’t career/life threatening …… We don’t need another Hank Gathers story.

  14. godblessfootball says: Feb 1, 2013 1:38 AM

    Our prayers to you for a safe surgery and speedy recovery!

  15. gweetarman says: Feb 1, 2013 1:39 AM

    Get well, foster. Even though we all love football, it’s just a game. Hope you are ready to play next year at full speed with no ill effects….and this is coming from a Bronco fan…so you know it’s sincere…:)

  16. kicksave1980 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:52 AM

    Wow, that’s pretty scary. No such thing as minor heart surgery…sending well wishes for a speedy recovery.

  17. gbsfinest420 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:52 AM

    damm good luck bro!! it did kind of seem like Arian had maybe too much heart… hes a great RB and seems like a great person.. I hope you have a speedy recovery..

  18. rodell77 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:53 AM

    Possibly an ablation. If so it’s not that big a deal. They go in through a vein and freeze or burn a spot to cut the electrical signal that is causing the irregular beat.

  19. bigboysmash says: Feb 1, 2013 2:02 AM

    Here’s to a speedy recovery to one of the best young backs in the league. Also i think he played most of the second half of the season with this condition which shows how dedicated he is to this team and sport. This is coming from a ravens fan who saw him run around through above and any other term usable against us when we played them earlier this season.

  20. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 1, 2013 2:04 AM

    Wow best of luck Arian. Football aside, I hope you’re ok.

  21. dezertdweller says: Feb 1, 2013 2:06 AM

    wow… will be lifting you up in prayer!

  22. joe400e says: Feb 1, 2013 2:13 AM

    Hope he has no heart issues in the future. Hate to see a great player have to retire at such a young age.

  23. phaktor333 says: Feb 1, 2013 2:39 AM

    Seems like a class dude that has his mind on his body preserving it for a life post football…wish many other athletes are as proactive as he is. I hope for a quick and full recovery and this is from a Patriots guy.

  24. steelerdeathstar says: Feb 1, 2013 2:56 AM

    Wow…suprising if not a little shocking. Best of luck to him for a successful procedure and a full recovery.

  25. seahawks4lyfe says: Feb 1, 2013 2:57 AM

    Hope his surgery goes well. He’s a good guy.

  26. denverscott says: Feb 1, 2013 3:08 AM

    Bummer, good luck bro.

  27. ppie12 says: Feb 1, 2013 3:30 AM

    Thoughts with you Arian… Hoping for a speedy recovery!

  28. bigshotbob7 says: Feb 1, 2013 4:47 AM

    the Vikings are known to cause heartache

  29. thetooloftools says: Feb 1, 2013 4:58 AM

    God Speed !

  30. jckid21 says: Feb 1, 2013 5:19 AM

    Wish him the best and hope it all works out so he is back on the field next year, but this no joke.

  31. sean6886 says: Feb 1, 2013 5:29 AM

    Scary stuff. Best of luck to you.

  32. pabrownsfan says: Feb 1, 2013 5:35 AM

    Best of luck to you Arian. Get well soon and come back balling.

  33. rubicon202 says: Feb 1, 2013 5:38 AM

    Whoa! Good luck my friend…

  34. blingslade says: Feb 1, 2013 5:55 AM

    I hope Foster makes a full recovery, heart problems ain’t no joke.

  35. riggo08 says: Feb 1, 2013 6:03 AM

    Thoughts and prayers Arian. You are a beast on the field and a good man off of it!

  36. theslick50 says: Feb 1, 2013 6:23 AM

    It’s just an ablation procedure, no big deal. He’ll be fine.

  37. heyguru1969 says: Feb 1, 2013 7:11 AM

    Wow – all the best, Mr. Foster. The NFL needs class acts to remain strong and healthy.

  38. yankeemofo says: Feb 1, 2013 7:33 AM

    Wow…Good luck and a speedy recovery to one of my favorite backs in the NFL!

  39. andyb053 says: Feb 1, 2013 7:38 AM

    Here’s to wishing all the best to a guy that seems to be one of the most likable players in the NFL.

  40. jwisz says: Feb 1, 2013 7:39 AM

    “Hopefully, Foster’s surgery goes by the book and he’s back and ready to go for the start of next season.”

    Um, how about this:

    Hopefully, Foster’s surgery goes by the book and the doctors can eliminate the irregular heartbeat. Thus allowing Foster to return to football in a timely manner, but more importantly, not live the rest of his life fearing his next breath may be his last.

  41. diesel23 says: Feb 1, 2013 7:39 AM

    Hope all goes well, youre in my prayers arian

  42. lifelongbrownsfan says: Feb 1, 2013 7:42 AM

    Wow. Get well soon, Mr. Foster.

  43. jimiinpa says: Feb 1, 2013 7:45 AM

    pray for him

  44. chuckbergeydawk says: Feb 1, 2013 7:59 AM

    Wow. Best of luck Arian, hope it goes smoothly.

  45. samapoc says: Feb 1, 2013 8:02 AM

    I hate to see this happen to anyone. And Foster is a fierce competitor and great guy all around. Wishing him the best.

  46. reed20fence says: Feb 1, 2013 8:26 AM

    Here’s to a speedy recovery!

  47. rmzthefirst says: Feb 1, 2013 8:34 AM

    I wonder what specific procedure he’s having.. A bioptic arotic valve..? Good luck..

  48. kate773 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:39 AM

    Hopefully, this will correct the issue and he’ll be back to full strength next season. He’s a great player and seems like a real good guy so I wish all good things for him. Heart issues are nothing to mess with.

  49. tejguy says: Feb 1, 2013 8:43 AM

    Great player and person. Wish him nothing but the best and a speedy recovery

  50. fwippel says: Feb 1, 2013 8:44 AM

    Wow, I hope they find the problem and fix it.

    Mr. Foster, I hope you have successful surgery and a full recovery, and hope to see you opening day 2013.

  51. buddybowl69 says: Feb 1, 2013 8:53 AM

    Good luck Arian Foster, hopefully you have a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

  52. NoobTubeTV says: Feb 1, 2013 8:55 AM

    So much for the vegan lifestyle.

  53. conormacleod says: Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM

    I wish him a speedy and full recovery.

  54. bigwinintx says: Feb 1, 2013 9:01 AM

    Good kid, wishing all the best on this.

  55. whatnojets says: Feb 1, 2013 9:15 AM

    Good luck Arian!

    I had major heart surgery 50 years ago.

    Wish you the best!

  56. spartan822 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:19 AM

    I hope he has the best doctors money can get and I wish him a speedy recovery.

    Also, who is the lowlife who is giving some posts here a thumbs down?

  57. mattolikesthevikes says: Feb 1, 2013 9:25 AM

    Good guy. Hope everything turns out okay for him.

  58. rugdaniels says: Feb 1, 2013 9:36 AM

    Wow, heart surgery is pretty scary. It’s a good thing Foster’s taking care of this though, it sounds like a condition that could become serious at any time. Hope he fully recovers.

  59. denverbronconj says: Feb 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    For the layman, the procedure is technically not considered “surgery”. It’s an invasive procedure where catheters are placed in the right side, venous, part of the heart via the vein in the groin and radio frequency is used to ablate the irregular heart rhythm.

  60. denverbronconj says: Feb 1, 2013 10:10 AM


  61. bcraze says: Feb 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    He’s not having heart surgery, he’s having a heart procedure. He’s having a catheter ablation which is a fairly routine procedure used to eliminate rapid or irregular heartbeats. I had the same procedure done in 2006 and was running three days later. But it’s good that he caught it because if left untreated, the results could be deadly. This is often the cause of high school and college athletes unexpectedly dying on the field or court.

  62. chc4 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:20 AM

    Maybe the Texans can get a 2-for-1 and get Schaub a new one.

  63. ghostofgilchrist says: Feb 1, 2013 10:33 AM

    Rub some dirt on it… 😉

  64. granadafan says: Feb 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    “ghostofgilchrist says:
    Feb 1, 2013 10:33 AM
    Rub some dirt on it… ”
    I thought it was spraying Windex on it!

  65. mtmk0586 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    Prayers be with him

  66. bobonmycob says: Feb 1, 2013 12:27 PM

    kilo0986 says:Feb 1, 2013 1:08 AM

    That’s what happens when you go vegan. Be healthy and be balanced and you won’t have those problems.

    This guy gets thumbs down for speaking the truth? Wow most of you cavemen football fans should educate yourselves. It’s kind of sad that most of you are unaware of this. It wasn’t what caused his heart issues (he has had them since 12) but it’s surely not helping.

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