(PHOENIX) — During a preseason physical, it was revealed that Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye has an enlarged heart. At first it was unknown how much time he would miss, but Frye has confirmed that he will likely sit out the 2012-2013 season to recover.
During a echocardiogram, it was discovered Frye had developed dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle which effects the left ventricle. It becomes enlarged and can’t pump blood to the body with as much force as a healthy heart according to mayoclinic.com.
“I want to take a year off and make sure that I’m OK to play and that I’m not going to do any more damage to my heart,” Frye told the Arizona Republic. “There’s no reason to push it. It’s not worth it for the long run. To be 29 and have a heart issue is very rare. Other than that, I have a clean bill of health. I’m a 120-over-78 blood pressure guy.”
His health aside, the Suns will miss Frye’s production on the court, especially with the departure of point guard Steve Nash.
In 64 games played last night, Frye averaged 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN