Heart scare for Wayne Parnell

2013-08-29 12:30
Wayne Parnell (AFP)
Cape Town - South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell will not train for the next week as he awaits results from heart tests.

Parnell left the field playing for South Africa A against India A over the weekend after complaining of shortness of breath while bowling.

According to the ESPNcrincinfo website, Parnell subsequently spent two nights in hospital and had a number of examinations done, including being attached to a 24-hour heart monitor.

The doctors said they needed at least seven days to conclude a diagnosis.

"Wayne had some discomfort in the chest and he was found to have had an irregular heartbeat," Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, who is also a medical doctor, said. "At the moment, the tests have found that he has settled down and now it's just about discovering what's wrong."

Moosajee said Parnell could be suffering from either pericarditis or myocarditis, both of which are inflammations. The former is less serious as it is a swelling of the area around the heart and will keep him sidelined for only two to three weeks, while the latter affects the actual heart muscle and takes about six weeks to recover from. Both are the results of a viral infection, most commonly flu.

Moosajee, however, is confident that Parnell would be fit for the start of South Africa's domestic season in early October.

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