United captain heart scare

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has revealed he has not played since September because of an irregular heart rhythm.

The 36-year-old has played just once this season, in the 4-1 win against Burton in the Carabao Cup third round on 20 September. Carrick says he “felt strange” during the second half of the game and after tests had a cardiac ablation procedure.

His statement reads,

I just want to clear up my situation as I’ve had quite a few people asking if I’m OK and why I haven’t been fit over the last couple of months.

After feeling strange during the second half of the Burton game in September, I underwent a series of tests. It turned out to be due to an irregular heart rhythm which has been fully investigated and I had a procedure called a cardiac ablation.

I had to build up training steadily whilst being monitored closely but I feel fine now.

I would like to reassure everyone that I’m healthy and back training hard with the team. I’m building up my fitness and aiming to be back in contention for selection soon.

There had been a number of wild rumours as to the nature of Carrick’s omission from the United squad, especially when the team were desperately short of midfielders. This statement has now put an end to those.

What is Cardiac Ablation?

Ablation, also known as catheter ablation, is a treatment that aims to control or correct certain types of abnormal heart rhythms.

It uses either heat (radiofrequency ablation) or freezing (cryoablation) on the area of your heart that’s causing the abnormal heart rhythm (or arrhythmia). This treatment creates scar tissue which:

  • breaks abnormal circuits in the heart
  • destroys areas of the heart muscle which are triggering arrhythmias.

An ablation is started using the same technique as an electrophysiology (EP) study and is often carried out at the same time. The EP study can discover if you have extra electrical pathways in your heart that could be causing your abnormal heart rhythm.

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