When doctors told Kenley Jansen the best way to address his problems with an irregular heartbeat was to cauterize the portion of his heart sending the erratic electrical impulses in a surgical procedure, he knew just what to do.
He Googled it.
"You can look up everything on the Internet," the Dodgers reliever said. "So I read about it, studied it. The doctors told me it was a very common procedure.
"When they said we can do this, I was a little nervous at first. But then I just said, 'Let's get it done. I just want it to be over with.' This is going to be good for me for the rest of my life."
The three-hour procedure Jansen underwent in October was a minimally invasive form of cardiac ablation surgery and is indeed a fairly common treatment for the type of arrhythmia Jensen was experiencing. He was on blood-thinning medication for awhile after the procedure but arrived at spring training fully healed and cleared for all activities. The surgery was nothing compared to the fear and energy depletion caused by the arrhythmia, Jensen said.
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