Houston Texans running back Arian Foster told Alex Flanagan of the NFL Network that he is "likely to undergo a heart procedure next month."
Foster told the network he is considering a "heart ablation" to fix the problem that caused him to leave the Texans game against the Minnesota Vikings, the next to last game of the regular season.
According to the Mayo Clinic website a cardiac ablation is a procedure that can correct heart rhythm problems. An ablation typically uses catheters- long, flexible tubes inserted through a vein in the groin and threaded to the heart-to correct structural problems in the heart that cause arrhythmia.
Foster left the game against the Vikings because of an irregular heartbeat, but was cleared to return later.
Coach Gary Kubiak said that he kept Foster from playing again in the Vikings game as a precaution.
Foster said in his interview with the NFL Network that he has been aware of the issue with his heart since he was around 12-years-old and that he's had around eight incidents where he had an irregular heartbeat.
However, when he left the game against the Vikings Foster said it was the first time he had that issue during a game.
Foster said the heart problem causes him to have shortness of breath and doctros have told him former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon had a similar condition.
Foster, who said his heart issue may be related to stress, was in New Orleans on Thursday doing interviews with members of the media.
He and his agent, Mike McCartney, have not been available for comment.