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Bruschi to Have Surgery To Fix Hole in His Heart

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 18, 2005; Page D02

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered last month, reportedly will undergo surgery for a hole in his heart.

Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest told the NFL Network that Bruschi is facing the procedure. KOLD-TV in Tucson first reported the condition this week.

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Doctors not involved in the case told the Boston Globe that the defect might have been the cause of the stroke that Bruschi suffered. The hole -- called a patent foramen ovale -- could allow blood clots to pass from one chamber of the heart to another and eventually reach the brain, rather than being absorbed by the lungs (as most are), the experts told the Globe. In the brain, the clots can block blood flow and cause a stroke.

Bruschi, 31, was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for his stroke after helping the Patriots to their third Super Bowl title in four seasons and participating in his first Pro Bowl. His heart condition, once repaired through surgery, reportedly would not prevent him from resuming his NFL career, but his football future would depend upon the extent of the damage caused by his stroke.

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Free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress agreed last night to a six-year contract with the New York Giants worth about $25 million, including $8.25 million in bonuses. After negotiations broke down last week, the Giants renewed their pursuit when Burress, a two-time 1,000-yard receiver in his five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, changed agents, from Michael Harrison to Drew Rosenhaus . . . .

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