Blues’ Bouwmeester had ICD Defibrillator installed to help his heart

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The St. Louis Blues announced on Friday that their defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had to have a successful Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) recently. He is at UC Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim, California. 

Bouwmester collapsed on the bench on Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks. The operation that inserted the IVD was to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. 

Hospital surgery
Hospital surgery (Photo by Pixabay)

The operation was performed by Chief Cardiologist Dr. Pranav M. Patel and his UCI Cardiology Department. 

At this time, Bouwmeester is under the care of Dr. Patel as he recovers from this operation. His care will also be under the supervision of Dr. Michael Rochon-Duck and Dr. David Donaldson, who are part of the UCI Electrophysiologists. 

Once he receives medical clearance, he will then be flown back to St. Louis, Missouri. After getting back to Missouri, he will then be at the Barnes Jewish Hospital under the supervision of Washington University physicians. 

The team is expected to release more information on his condition next week, along with his playing status for the rest of the season. 

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