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LEMIEUX DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL, ON MEDICATION

Wednesday, 12.07.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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LEMIEUX DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL, ON MEDICATION

Related Press Release: MARIO LEMIEUX ENTERS HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION OF IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT (12/6)

Mario Lemieux was discharged from the hospital Thursday and is taking medication for an irregular heartbeat, it was announced by Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick.

Lemieux will miss Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Wild at Mellon Arena and is listed as day-to-day.

“Mario has been diagnosed with a relatively common condition that can be treated with medication,” Patrick said. “We expect that he will be able to begin exercising in a matter of days and return to the lineup in a brief period of time.”

Lemieux’s condition is known as atrial fibrillation. He entered the hospital after practice Wednesday and was held overnight for observation.

“He has had several episodes of this condition since mid-summer, and the good news is that now we know what it is, and how it can be treated,” Patrick said.

Lemieux, 40, also missed two games in recent weeks with a stomach virus.

In 25 games this season, he has 7 goals and 14 assists for 21 points.

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