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Statement on Ortiz

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  September 1, 2006 05:29 PM

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The Red Sox today issued the following statement on David Ortiz today, saying they'd determine a timetable for his return to the lineup early next week:

"David Ortiz was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday. He had returned to Boston on August 29th after a day of experiencing palpitations. These were the same sensations David has experienced on the night of August 19th for which he was admitted briefly. At that time his evaluation was unremarkable, including no detection of arrhythmia during episodes of his symptoms.

"Davidís care was directed by Dr. Thomas Gill, Medical Director for the Red Sox, Dr. Larry Ronan, Chief Internist for the Red Sox, and the teamís cardiologist, Dr. James Januzzi.

"Dr. Januzzi also consulted heart specialists Dr. Jeremy Ruskin, Chief of the MGH Electrophysiology Lab/ Arrhythmia Service (heart specialty that deals with palpitations) and Dr. Adolph Hutter, who has over 20 years of experience evaluating professional athletes and their heart issues, and published on these issues. These physicians interviewed and examined David and recommended a battery of tests.

"Davidís physical examination was normal. The following imaging and functional tests were performed: basic laboratories, electrocardiogram, heart monitoring, echocardiogram, signal averaged electrocardiogram, stress testing, and magnetic resonance imaging. The heart consultants extensively reviewed these tests.

"In brief, Davidís testing was unremarkable or normal except for changes commonly found in well-trained athletes.

"Since his return to Boston, David has experienced no further sensations. Davidís health and safety remain our primary concerns. The medical staff will continue monitoring David in the outpatient setting with a device called an event monitor. Further testing, if indicated, will be determined by the results of outpatient monitoring. Davidís return to play will be reassessed next week."

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