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Fischer scheduled to have more testsESPN.com news services

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer went to the hospital for more tests this week after experiencing "a brief, abnormal cardiac rhythm," the team announced Wednesday.


According to the statement released by the Red Wings, Fischer was resting at home on Monday evening when he experienced the abnormal rhythm and he returned to Detroit Medical Center for further testing and observation.

Fischer was released Wednesday and is scheduled to have more tests at the University of Michigan Medical Center. The statement did not specify when Fischer would have those tests.

"The Red Wings and Jiri appreciate the media and public's continued respect for the Fischer family's privacy during this time," the statement read.

The news comes over a week after Fischer collapsed on the bench in convulsions during a game against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 21.

Fischer was stricken in the first period. Team physician Tony Colucci wasn't able to detect a pulse after Fischer collapsed, and an auto defibrillator was used on the 25-year-old player.

After performing CPR, Colucci said he detected a good pulse and Fischer was taken from the arena by ambulance to Detroit Receiving Hospital. Colucci said Fischer's heart might have stopped, but he didn't know for how long.

The team announced to the crowd that Fischer had a seizure, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped.

The day after the incident, Colucci said the defibrillator indicated that Fischer's heart may have been experiencing ventricular tachycardia, a kind of racing heartbeat, or ventricular fibrillation, a heart fluttering. Both can cause death, and ventricular fibrillation is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest.

Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in 2002, causing him to miss two days of practice.

Colucci said tests were being done to determine whether the convulsions were related to the abnormality. When the 2002 result came back, Fischer was given a stress test that he passed, and he said his heart essentially is a little thicker than normal.

He was placed on injured reserve and the team recalled defenseman Kyle Quincey from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

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I, too, hope he recovers fully, to lead a happy and normal life. I, however, hope he does not rush to come back to the game he loves. Though it was touch and go, hockey will be here for a long while yet. The first thing that's important is his long term health. Then it's his family. Hockey is very far down the list. Hopefully, he doesn't feel pressure to come back or anything like that.

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