Blues' Bouwmeester Has Implant To Help Regulate Heart Rhythm

Bouwmeester also regained consciousness before he was taken by ambulance to an Anaheim hospital.

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February 14, 2020 - 1:52 pm
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester

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By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer


Jay Bouwmeester had surgery Friday to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart's normal rhythm after the St. Louis Blues defenseman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week.


Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Medical Center. The 36-year-old Bouwmeester will be monitored by a team of specialists at the hospital until he is cleared to return to St. Louis. 


Then Bouwmeester will be monitored by doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.


Bouwmeester had just completed a shift against the Ducks on Tuesday night when he collapsed on the bench. The veteran defenseman was unresponsive and doctors quickly used a defibrillator to restore his heart beat.

Bouwmeester also regained consciousness before he was taken by ambulance to an Anaheim hospital.
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