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Jon Niese’s rapid heart beat problems return

Jun 4, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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Jon Niese was dominating the Cardinals when he left last night’s game.  But the reason he left was not because he had no more worlds left to conquer, but because of the return of a problem he faced last year: a rapid heartbeat or, as the doctors call it,  tachycardia.

This happened to him late last June in Texas. Afterwards he said it happened before that as well.  He went through a battery of tests at at the time, including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a treadmill stress test, all of which came back normal. He didn’t miss a start after it occurred in 2011.

Presumably he’ll be examined again. And hopefully this is just something that happens to him and doesn’t portend any greater health problems and no missed time.

  1. TheNaturalMevs - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    I’ve had this happen to me as well for no rhyme or reason (doctor said it was just stress). It started one particular night and would not stop. After a trip to the ER and a nice $2,000 battery of tests, nothing was wrong. It’s scary, and even more than that annoying, but it’s usually nothing. Feels like your heart skips a beat over and over.

  2. kcfanatic - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Happened to me for years about twice a month. It is a normal but fast rythym. When it first happened it was scary and I would get so worked up that I couldn’t get it slowed down. After a while I found some things would work(head in ice water, bearing down like crapping, etc). Now if it happens I have figured that If I take a deep breathe and swallow(like I am trying to get rid of hiccups) and stretch my abdomine it will stop within minutes if not seconds.

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