West discusses heart condition

Updated: May 18, 2009, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Jerry West knew there was something amiss with his body during his playing days with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He would have to breathe into a paper bag during games to keep from hyperventilating. He couldn't sleep. His heart sometimes felt out of rhythm.

Years later, he would learn that he was suffering from atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disturbance.

"An athlete is well aware with what's going on in his body. I knew there was something wrong," the Hall of Fame ...

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