Foster says he's not having heart surgery

Foster says he's not having heart surgery
February 1, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Brown on Foster: 'Definitely concerned by it'

Arian Foster first told Alex Flanagan on Thursday that he will “likely undergo” a heart ablation in about a month. On Friday, Foster told Dan Patrick that surgery is a possibility in the future, but he doesn’t plan on having any procedure at the moment.

On Friday, Foster released this statement through the Texans.

“Thank you all for the concern. As of now, I have no complications with my blood pumper. There was a casual conversation with a reporter about my particular condition that turned public. But I have not, nor do I plan to anytime in the near future, have conversations with my doctors about any surgery. I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever. Love and light to all those concerned!”

A heart ablation involves the use of a catheter to correct structural problems that can lead to an abnormal heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic’s official Web site.

On The Dan Patrick Show Foster added that his heart issue isn’t as serious as many believe.

“Nothing is life threatening,” Foster told Patrick.

Foster left in the third quarter of the Texans’ 23-6 loss to the Vikings back on Dec. 23 with an irregular heartbeat.

“Anytime you’re dealing with a vital organ like the heart, it’s serious,” Foster said four days after he left the Minnesota game in December. “My condition it’s very minor, as minor as you can get with a heart. I’m not worried about it. I talked to my doctors and they assured me everything is going to be fine. It’s nothing to worry about.”

Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and a NFL leading 15 touchdowns in 2012. Foster said he doesn’t take medication for his condition.Foster has more touchdowns since 2010 than any other player in the NFL.

"Our medical team continues to monitor it," Texans general manager Rick Smith said via email through the Texans PR staff. "He missed half of a practice and half of a game and the doctors treated him. We're comfortable with where he is."