Penguins D Kris Letang out after having stroke

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 11:59 am •  Published: February 7, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be out for at least six weeks because of a stroke.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero announced Friday that Letang had a stroke last week.

"Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week," Shero said. "We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition.

"Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week."

Letang will be treated with blood thinners and the stroke is not expected to threaten his career.

"I hope that by making my condition public at this time, I can help other people by encouraging them to seek medical help if they experience some of the symptoms associated with a stroke — regardless of their age or general health," the 26-year-old Letang said. "It obviously was a shock to get the news, but I'm optimistic that I can overcome this and get back on the ice."



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