Kris Letang has missed the last four games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and will miss at least six more weeks of playing time after the team confirmed on Friday that the Norris Trophy candidate suffered a stroke last week.
While in for further testing after suffering the ailment, it was found that Letang has had a small hole in his heart that had been there since birth, but only recently discovered. The condition is treatable with blood thinners, and doctors don’t expect it to be career threatening.
“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,” Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero told Penguins.com. “We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition. Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.”
Letang will be re-evaluted after six weeks of treatment to determine his status.
“I hope that by making my condition public at this time, I can help other people by encouraging them to seek medical help if they experience some of the symptoms associated with a stroke – regardless of their age or general health,” Letang said. “It bviously was a shock to get the news but I’m optimistic that I can overcome this and get back on the ice.”
We here at Fansided hope nothing but the best for Letang, and hope he can make a speedy recovery and get back on the ice as soon as possible.