December 07, 2011
New York Giants offensive lineman Stacy Andrews(notes) will not be playing for the rest of the year, which is probably a good idea, since he was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms and those can kill you.
Teammate David Diehl(notes) told Alex Marvez on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Andrews felt some pain in his ribs earlier in the week, but attributed it to a routine bump or bruise that comes with playing football. At a team meeting Saturday, though, he starting coughing up blood and went to the hospital. That's when they found blood clots in both of his lungs.
Andrews was released from the hospital on Monday, so he's OK, but he won't be back on a football field this season. "Very serious medical condition," Tom Coughlin said. "He just can't go back to football right now."
From the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, here's more information on the condition:
PE is a serious condition that can:
- Damage part of your lung because of a lack of blood flow to your lung tissue. This damage may lead to pulmonary hypertension (increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries).
- Cause low oxygen levels in your blood.
- Damage other organs in your body because of a lack of oxygen.
If a blood clot is large, or if there are many clots, PE can cause death.
We wish him the best. Get well, sir.
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