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Peverley returns to Stars practice after heart issue

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 6:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Training Camp 2013 blog

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Peverley returns to Stars practice after heart issue

Forward Rich Peverley returned to practice with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday after being sidelined since last week following a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

"I am not really worried about it. I am on medication to help me," Peverley told the Stars' website. "Even if it does come back, it is not a career-threatening thing. I could play through it, and there are other things they could do to help me."

Peverley was diagnosed last Wednesday after an EKG during testing prior to training camp. He had a corrective procedure in Cleveland, has skated three times since then and is expected to need three weeks to recover fully.

"A couple of days last week I felt like my heart was racing," Peverley said. "I think when people hear that it's a heart thing they think it is life-threatening. Normal people have it and can go through daily life. I just can't perform at the level I want to perform."

Peverley was acquired from the Boston Bruins in an offseason trade that included center Tyler Seguin. Peverley, 31, practiced wearing a no-contact jersey, the website said.

"I don't feel like I am behind at all with this stuff," he said. "Games obviously will be a telling point. I think playing two months later than most guys last year [in the Stanley Cup Final with Boston] helps me."

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