Earlier this month, Henrik Lundqvist announced he would sit out the 2021 NHL season due to a heart condition – and we now know exactly what that condition is.
Lundqvist announced Monday morning on Twitter that he will undergo open-heart surgery, having an aortic valve replacement and an aortic root and ascending aortic valve replacement.
The latter two procedures are usually performed in tandem if there is aneurismal enlargement or dissection of the aortic root, while the former is done to replace an aortic valve that has narrowed due to stenosis.
Lundqvist had signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals after having the final year of his deal bought out by the Rangers.
“It breaks my heart (literally) to share this news,” Lundqvist said in a social media post announcing he would miss the seaon. “I will not be joining the Capitals this upcoming season. After many weeks of tests and conversations with specialists around the country, it’s been determined that a heart condition will prevent me from taking the ice.”
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