Rory McIlroy says rib injury is fine, but reveals heart irregularity issue

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The rib injury that marred his 2017 golf season is fine, but Rory McIlroy revealed Friday that he learned of another health issue — a heart irregularity.

McIlroy, 28, disclosed the problem during an interview with The (London) Telegraph in Dubai, where he has been preparing for his return to competition after a nearly fourth-month break.

“The rib’s fine, no problems whatsoever — I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spin and all was OK,” McIlroy told the newspaper. “But I’ve got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of.

“I have a flat T-wave and I’ll have to get an echo [cardiogram] on my heart every six months and MRI scan every year.

“I suffered a really bad viral infection in China 18 months ago, and they told me that’s the reason that I have this thickening of my left ventricle and there’s a bit of scar tissue. For now, I just need to stay on top of it and have to stay fit. Hey,

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