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Rory McIlroy reveals he has heart irregularity

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

The rib injury that marred his 2017 golf season is fine, but Rory McIlroy revealed Friday that he learned of another health issue -- a heart irregularity.

McIlroy, 28, disclosed the problem during an interview with The (London) Telegraph in Dubai, where he has been preparing for his return to competition after a nearly fourth-month break.

"The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever -- I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spin and all was OK,'' McIlroy told the newspaper. "But I have got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of.

"I have a flat T-wave and I will have to get an echo [cardiogram] on my heart every six months and MRI scan every year.

"I suffered a really bad viral infection in China 18 months ago, and they told me that's the reason that I have this thickening of my left ventricle and there's a bit of scar tissue. For now, I just need to stay on top of it and have to stay fit. Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway.''

McIlroy is coming off a tough year in which he dropped from No. 2 in the world to No. 11 and failed to win.

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