Hoiberg Surgery ‘Successful’

By Rob Gray, Correspondent

UPDATE: Below is a statement from Fred Hoiberg, who had surgery this morning to replace his pacemaker.

“The surgery performed this morning at the Mayo CLINIC to replace my pacemaker was successful. The plan is for me to be discharged and allowed to return to Ames this afternoon. I want to thank my doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, as well as everyone that has extended their well-wishes to me. Our family truly appreciates your support.”

Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to replace the pacemaker that was installed in 2005.

The procedure will come earlier than expected, Hoiberg said, while noting that a bi-annual “interrogation” of the device conducted in January indicated he’d need a replacement in about 14 months.

”So I knew it was coming,” said the 41-year-old Hoiberg, who saw his NBA career cut short when he underwent open heart surgery in 2005. “I guess the important thing is I listened to my body, made the call to the doctor and found out that it’s time.”

Hoiberg said he’d been bouncing back and forth between Las Vegas and St. Louis over the weekend and began noticing something was amiss.

”When I got to St. Louis, I was going from the car to the gym and I was getting short of breath, real light-headed,” said Hoiberg, who last season guided the Cyclones to their first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 trip since 2000. “I just thought it was the rigors of travel in the July period ... Then I got back and felt OK. I got up and worked out with my wife this morning and just felt really off and then did a couple of tests. I got on the treadmill for a minute and did a sprint. Got off and my heart rate wasn’t elevating at all. It stayed at 65 (beats per minute).”

So Hoiberg talked to his doctor, who discovered Hoiberg’s pacemaker had entered “reserve mode,” which meant it would not allow his heart rate to rise above 65 beats per minute in order to conserve battery power.

”So we scheduled the appointment and I’m going to get it replaced tomorrow,” Hoiberg said.

Hoiberg will undergo the procedure at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He said he’ll arrive at 5:30 a.m. and be prepped for surgery shortly thereafter.

”While I’m in recovery, I’ll just make sure to take it slow and hopefully I’ll be back on my feet soon,” Hoiberg said.

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