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LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:18 am
Edited on: December 10, 2011 2:24 am
Posted by Ben Golliverlamarcus-aldridge-por

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bad things happen in threes.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Friday that forward LaMarcus Aldridge underwent a successful ablation procedure to correct a recurring problem with his heart.  
Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge underwent a successful procedure today to evaluate the status of the electrical system in his heart, it was announced today by the team. He will be sidelined for 5-7 days before he can return to practice. Aldridge, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in 2007, underwent a similar procedure to correct the problem at the time of diagnosis.  
Aldridge's diagnosis and procedure occurred on the same day that the Blazers confirmed that guard Brandon Roy would pursue a medical retirement and that center Greg Oden had suffered a "setback" in his rehabilitation from a Nov. 2009 microfracture that puts his availability during the 2011-2012 season into question.

Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan told reporters on Friday that Aldridge visits a cardiologist annually for testing and that an analysis of his stress echo exam revealed the need for an ablation procedure that "eradicated an extra node" in Aldridge's heart. 

"Going through his appointment with his routine check-up today they found a recurrence of that so they addressed that today," Buchanan said. "We expect LaMarcus to be back within a week or two weeks. The doctors feel really good about things. Obviously it's a little disappointing for LaMarcus but we're very optimistic that he'll be back on the court here in a short amount of time."

Despite the relatively good news, Buchanan admitted he had been extremely nervous. 

"Obviously LaMarcus was a scare," Buchanan said. "I'm not going to lie about that."

Aldridge, 26, was widely regarded as a 2011 All-Star snub, averaging a career-high 21.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

"Thanks for the support everybody," Aldridge tweeted on Friday night. "I'm feeling better and will be ready to go in a few days."

The Blazers open the season on Dec. 26, when they host the Philadelphia 76ers. Aldridge's current timeline means he should be ready in time for opening night. 

Aldridge sat out the balance of the 2006-2007 season, his rookie year, when the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome diagnosis was first made. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:49 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

On the heels of Brandon's retirement and Greg's further setback, LaMarcus must have caused many a heart to skip a beat around Blazer fan sites (looking at you, Blazers Edge). The risk for this procedure is usually only from an infection from the incision in the leg or neck to get into the heart through the arteries. It takes apparently a week or so for that artery to heal from its entry point.

For the Blazers is there enough talent on the team to challenge other Western Conference teams? In the Northwest division only OKC seems to be left strong from last year. Utah is rebuilding with the trade of Deron Williams. Denver has lost Carmelo, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, Chancy Billups, and Wilson Chandler. Minnesota has added a coach but must endure a rookie point guard. Portland does not even play every division rival 4 games. On the other hand Portland got the third most favorable schedule against Eastern Conference teams. They will have to hope that two of the oldest players in the NBA in Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby can carry the center load down low with Aldridge.

The place where Portland is rich is small forward with former All-Star Gerald Wallace and future All-Star Nicolas Batum. Batum played in France during the lockout and was a top leader in the premier Euroleague. With a new point guard (Felton) and Roy gone there are also many minutes up for grabs from the younger players - Nolan Smith, Luke Babbitt, Armon Johnson, Elliot Williams will all compete.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:45 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

This franchise just can't get a break!

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:33 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

Get well LA and see you soon back on the court. Lets go Nate and get this team firing on all cylinders and ready to roll. The Blazers have tealent and will be fine unti LA comes back.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:38 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

I was sort of joking when I said this last week but now I'm serious. Paul Allen needs to double the pay of the Pheonix Suns medical staff and fly them on the 1st plane to Portland like yesterday.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:27 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes heart procedure

OK...this is not that big of a deal...a non-story had the other two announcements not been made.  Yet I can't shake this feeling of dread.  Will this mount into another early retirement for one of Portland's young talents?  I think I'm showing symptoms of PTSD at this point.

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