Hockey players, parents talk heart surgery
NHL players and their families are getting a glimpse into what it’s like to go through a heart surgery.
The NHL is bringing the sport’s tradition of heart surgery to the NHL Players Association meeting next week in Toronto.
The players association is looking at whether to allow it to move forward, but its not known how long the discussion will last.
The Players’ Association, which represents more than 80,000 players, decided last year to allow players to go under the knife after a major complication in a procedure.
That led to the creation of the NHL Medical Group.
The meeting is open to any medical professionals, including surgeons, cardiologists and nurse practitioners.
The discussion will focus on heart surgery and other conditions that have affected players in the past.
This week’s meeting will include representatives from the NHLPA and the NHL’s medical committee, as well as representatives from NHL teams, medical and hospital officials and NHL Players’ Players Association.
It’s not clear how long that discussion will take, but the association has previously discussed the possibility of bringing heart surgery back to the league.
In 2014, the players union voted to allow heart surgery in the NHL, which led to an extension of the season.
The union had planned to do the same in 2020, but that decision was rescinded.
The league has struggled to keep up with the rapid changes that have taken place in heart surgery as the cost of treatment and the recovery time have been steadily increasing.
In 2015, a group of NHL players signed a letter opposing a new rule that would allow doctors to perform chest X-rays before performing an angioplasty.
The players union then decided to support a new provision that allowed the NHL to have more players undergo surgery than it did last season.
In 2018, the NHL announced that it was allowing chest X.rays for players in their 20s.
That prompted a backlash, which was ultimately led by the NHL players association.
In 2019, the union voted in favor of a new policy that allowed chest X to be performed before angioplasties, and in 2020 it voted in support of that new policy.