Doctors 'happy' with Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary's heart procedure, Dan Quinn says

Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary to have heart procedure

Falcons rookie right tackle Kaleb McGary’s doctors are pleased with the heart procedure they performed on him, but the “Falcons don’t have or won’t share the timetable for McGary’s recovery,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

“Number one, the doctors were certainly happy about the procedure,” coach Dan Quinn said late Thursday night, after the Falcons’ 14-10 Hall of Fame Game loss to the Broncos in Canton, Ohio. “We’ll have some more updates as we go along. But for the first part of it, they were happy.”

According to the Journal-Constitution, several medical experts have projected that McGary will need six to eight weeks to recover from a cardiac ablation, but he could return more quickly depending on how much of his heart was repaired and the use of blood thinners.

An ablation is a procedure to scar or destroy tissue in the heart that is allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause abnormal heart rhythm, according to the Mayo Clinic.

No matter the timeline, McGary is expected to make a full recovery.

“This won’t affect his ability to play football long-term,” Shephal Doshi, a California heart specialist, told the Journal-Constitution, which noted that there’s a discrepancy about how many times McGary has had the heart procedure.

The Falcons say this is his third such procedure, but the Seattle Times reported in 2016 that the ablation he underwent in January of that year was his third.  

McGary left practice Tuesday with what the team would describe only as an “illness.”

The Falcons then announced that the first-round draft pick from the University of Washington would have an ablation procedure Wednesday. The Falcons denied the Journal-Constitution’s request to interview their team cardiologist.