San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh found himself on the injury report this week after undergoing a minor heart procedure on Thursday. It was reported he underwent an electrical cardioversion, which is described as a “non-invasive, outpatient procedure that takes less than a minute and is a controlled electrical shock used to reset the heart’s rhythm. Patients can resume normal activities the day after the procedure.”
Niners fans were not surprised to hear Harbaugh returned back to work the following day and he was acting like his normal self. He sounded upbeat saying,
I’m fine, I’m fine. No limits. Going about everything as normal. Had a little irregular heartbeat. I’ve had that before. Now that I have the procedure, a cardiovert, it’s amazing. It gets the heart rate back to normal. Atrial flutter is something I’ve had for a while, most of my life.
According to the 49ers, Harbaugh had discomfort on Wednesday night and went to Stanford Hospital to meet with doctors. While he was there he likely had the cardio version procedure to fix an abnormal heart rhythm.
We are all used to seeing a lively and animated Harbaugh on the sidelines each game. So it will be interesting to see if he is just as fired up as usual or if he will be subdued, not wanting to put increased pressure and stress on his body. We will likely still see him get fired up during the game, but not as much as we are used to. Here’s to Harbaugh’s health and him getting back to 100%.