Jan 23, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley (17) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Maple Leafs 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Rich Peverley working towards return to ice after cardiac event

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After suffering a cardiac event on March 10, Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley still remains optimistic about his attempts to return to the ice.

He spoke recently with The Musers” radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas and stated that everything is going really well in his rehabilitation process. “I’ve been taking steps along the way here to see how my heart reacts to ongoing steps that I’ve been taking,” Peverley said. “Just been ramping it up as time goes on and as I keep achieving new goals.”

Pevereley underwent a cardiac ablation to fix structural damage to his heart which would hopefully correct problems with arrhythmia. According to Peverley, he hasn’t experienced any arrhythmia since the procedure. A definite success.

At this point there is a fine balance that needs to be done in terms of cautiously working out and getting his body back to it’s prime so he can play hockey. His return isn’t soon and it isn’t guaranteed. He needs to continue to work out and get his heart rate higher. Peverley is also currently taking medication to control his heartbeat, which he will need to be weened off of if he ever hopes to return as well.

Of course once a hockey player always a hockey player, however Peverley believes he is lucky to be alive. “I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances,” Peverley said. “There is a chapter after hockey if that’s the road we go down. But we’ll wait and see what happens. I’m just excited to see where it’s going to take me next.”

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