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Carlos Silva To Have Heart Procedure Monday

Chicago Cub pitcher Carlos Silva will have a cardiac catheterization on Monday to determine if he needs a cardiac ablation, the team announced Friday according to Bruce Levine.

Monday’s procedure will be performed by Northwestern cardiologist Bradley Knight. Inserting a catheter into a chamber of the heart will allow doctors to examine the muscle. A cardiac ablation can resolve some arrhythmias or “short circuits” in the heart’s electrical pulses by deadening tissue in the region where the problem is occurring.

A similar test was performed on the Cubs’ Mark DeRosa during spring training in 2008. The ablation was performed, and the irregular heartbeat was adjusted. DeRosa returned to playing baseball within 10 days.

Hopefully Silva’s procedure goes as well as DeRosa’s.