Spurs fans learned some disappointing news after San Antonio tweeted out LaMarcus Aldridge is getting tests done for a heart arrhythmia. While the Spurs called it a “minor” condition, anything involving the heart can invoke fear. This is especially true given Chris Bosh’s recent bout with a heart condition.
Here’s the announcement from the Spurs:
The Mayo Clinic defines heart arrhythmia as the following:
Heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.
Heart arrhythmias (uh-RITH-me-uhs) may feel like a fluttering or racing heart and may be harmless. However, some heart arrhythmias may cause bothersome — sometimes even life-threatening — signs and symptoms.
Another way to think of it is Aldridge’s heart is out of rhythm. There are many different kinds as this video shows:
The team plans to conduct tests to pinpoint Aldridge’s condition. While there is a wide range of possibilities, the Spurs called it something “minor”, and it is likely very treatable. It could be due to an electrolyte imbalance. However, there is no way to know the severity of the condition until the Spurs release more information after their testing.
The Spurs have listed Aldridge as out indefinitely and there is no timetable for his return. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Aldridge.
What was once thought to be a prime ABC matchup featuring the Warriors and Spurs has turned into a game that looks similar to the preseason. The Warriors plan to sit Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala in tonight’s contest.
In addition to the absence of Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard is in the concussion protocol and will miss the contest leaving a combined six starters absent from tonight’s game.