Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy underwent a procedure today at Massachusetts General Hospital Monday to treat an abnormal heart rhythm, the team announced. The expected recovery period is two weeks. He will be monitored overnight at MGH.
Team internist Dr. David Finn released the following statement:
"Following the Bruins game on Nov. 26, 2017, Charlie told team physicians that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. Subsequently, he underwent an evaluation, which diagnosed him with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms.
After consultation with team physicians, as well as experts in this type of heart condition, Charlie decided to have the condition treated with a procedure called an ablation. The decision to have the procedure done at this time is due to a high probability of recurrence. During the period from the initial occurrence through Saturday's game, Charlie was cleared to play by the medical team and was monitored closely."
McAvoy, 20, has five goals and 20 assists for 25 points, including a plus-18 in 45 games this season. The top-pairing defenseman is averaging 22:49 of ice time per game.