When Henrik Lundqvist played his last game with the New York Rangers earlier this summer, it looked like it could be the end of his career as a primary goaltender. With recent news, it may be the end of his career.
Lundqvist was looking for a fresh start after agreeing to terms with the Washington Capitals. A couple of weeks ago he was forced to sit out the season after having some some of cardiac issues. Yesterday, he shared what the next step is: major open heart surgery.
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The aortic valve regulates the flow of blood through the chambers of the heart. It allows oxygenated blood to flow to the left ventricle and closes to disallow blood to flow backward through the heart. When the valve malfunctions, it forces the heart to work harder to pump blood. This can cause arrhythmia. An aortic root replacement seems to suggest that he may have an aortic aneurysm, a bulge in his aorta that could eventually dissect or rupture. Having the surgery will no doubt save his life but will likely be the end of his hockey career. Life is more important.
Thankfully this condition was caught early enough that he could have this life saving surgery. May his surgery be successful and his recovery full.