Arian Foster refutes reports of heart surgery

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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster dismissed reports on Friday that stated he was likely to undergo a surgery to fix a recurring heart issue.
"I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever," Arian Foster said in a statement released by the team.
Arian Foster’s health issues have been under great debate ever since he was forced out in the third quarter of Houston Texans’ 23-6, Week 16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings due to an irregular heartbeat. On Thursday a report confirmed that Arian Foster was scheduled to undergo a cardiac ablation within a month. But Adrian Foster denied planning any surgery, or having any such conversation with his doctor to date.
“As of now, I have no complications with my blood pumper. There was a casual conversation with a reporter about my particular condition that turned public,” said Arian Foster. “But I have not, nor do I plan to anytime in the near future, have conversations with my doctors about any surgery.”
"Thank you all for the concern,” added Arian Foster. “Love and light to all those concerned!"
A cardiac ablation relies on the use of catheters inserted into the heart to correct any structural problems or abnormalities in the heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic's website.
Arian Foster confirmed that the irregular heartbeat had been a recurring issue, one he’s dealt with since the age of 12. The 26-year-old Arian Foster claimed to have memory of at least eight incidents during his life in which he experienced an irregular heartbeat. But this season’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings was the first time Arian Foster dealt with heart issues during a game. Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak added that Arian Foster’s heart issues also popped up during a practice.
Houston Texans manager Rick Smith too did not give indications of a surgery in a statement on Friday, and revealed that the team is “comfortable” with Arian Foster’s health status at the moment.
"Our medical team continues to monitor it," said Rick Smith. "He missed one-half of a practice and one-half of a game, and our doctors treated him."
The two-time All-Pro Arian Foster wasn’t able to validate a reason for the heart issue, but believed it could also be stress related. Arian Foster said that the biggest side effect he experiences from the abnormally racing heartbeat is extreme shortness of breath.
Being signed by the Houston Texans after going undrafted in 2009, Arian Foster had humble beginnings – starting off from the practice squad to become the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010 (1,616 yards). Last March, Arian Foster signed a five-year contract, worth $43.5 million with the Houston Texans.
Arian Foster finished with 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns while playing all 16 games in the 2012 regular season. Arian Foster topped that with his third straight Pro Bowl selection at the end of the season.
He also had 230 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns, including one receiving touchdown in the Houston Texans’ postseason run. The Houston Texans, who won the Wildcard game against the Cincinnati Bengals, lost the Divisional round to the New England Patriots in the playoffs.
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