The Arizona Cardinals quarterback and former Houston Texans star tweeted about the incident before Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.


Ex Houston Texas Outfielder and current Arizona Cardinal JJ Watt said he plans to play Sunday afternoon his heart went into atrial fibrillation (A-fib) earlier this week.

“I went to A-Fib on Wednesday,” Watt wrote on his personal Twitter account. “If my heart was back in rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today. That’s all.”

Watt also tweeted that he was told that someone had leaked his A-fib information and that they were going to make an announcement before the game.

The Cardinals listed Watt on the injury report with an “illness” on Thursday, but he returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday.

There is three types of A-fib, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine:

  • Paroxysmal afibia: Intermittent and may stop on its own within seven days.
  • Permanent Afib: Lasts more than seven days and may require an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm
  • Prolonged Persistent Afib: Similar to persistent but lasting more than a year

In accordance with Mayo ClinicAtrial fibrillation (A-fib) appears irregular and often rapid heart rhythm which can lead to blood clots in the heart.

A-fib increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.

The Mayo Clinic says that during fibromyocardial A, the upper chambers of the heart beat chaotically and are out of sync with the lower chambers of the heart.

In many people, a-fibro may not have any symptoms, but a-fibro can cause a fast, pounding heart and shortness of breath or weakness.

How is A-fib treated?

The Mayo Clinic states that although A-fibrosis is not usually life-threatening, iethis is a serious illness which requires proper treatment to prevent stroke.

Treatment for atrial fibrillation may include medications, therapy to restore the heart’s rhythm, and catheter procedures to block the heart’s abnormal signals.

The The Cleveland Clinic says that the primary goal of most treatments for A-fibr involves trying to control the heart rate, restore a normal heart rhythm and reduce the risk of stroke.

They also say that A-fib cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be managed.

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