Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/08/05 at 07:36 PM ET
It doesn't help matters that Lemieux has had several episodes of this condition since mid-summer. According to the website The Atrial Fibrillation Page, AF is not something to be dismissed lightly. Once thought to be just a "nuisance arrhythmia," newer medical research uncovered some "devastating complications" including stroke, congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy, all directly related to AF. It also suggested that AF can occur at any age, but its prevalence tended to increase with age and affected men slightly more often than women. Lemieux is 40. If he wanted to play in the Olympics, he would be guaranteed one of the 23 roster spots, of that there is no doubt. But does he have the urge to make a two-week trip to Europe in the middle of a long NHL season, when he might be better off spending the time resting his body?read on
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