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Toronto Maple Leaf Goalie Jonas Gustavsson to see cardiac specialist

The 25-year-old is a NHL rookie. From AP-

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson has returned to Toronto and is scheduled to see a cardiac specialist.

Gustavsson’s return Wednesday came a day after he was taken to the hospital with an elevated heart rate following the first period of Toronto’s 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Toronto took the precautionary move Tuesday night because the Swedish rookie needed minor heart surgery during training camp following a similar incident.

Toronto general manager Brian Burke said the Leafs are “just being ultra-cautious.”

Gustavsson was seen at a Montreal hospital and released. Cautious is good. There are some heart ailments(like a aneurysm) or a defective heart valve that offer few symptoms. I know, last year I had Open Heart Surgery for both of those. MLB third baseman Aaron Boone had valve replacement surgery earlier this year. Athletes are not immune from undiagnosed heart ailments.

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