Clippers' reserve center undergoes heart procedure

Updated: November 30, 2005, 7:31 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers center Zeljko Rebraca underwent a procedure Wednesday designed to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms for an irregular heartbeat.

 Zeljko Rebraca
Rebraca

Rebraca underwent an ablation of the accessory bypass tract at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

The treatment involves using radio frequency energy to destroy a small amount of heart tissue. It disrupts the flow of electrical impulses responsible for the erratic heartbeat and restores a normal rhythm.

Dr. Fred Morady performed the same procedure on Rebraca in August 2003 after he missed 50 games for the Detroit Pistons during the 2002-03 season due to a recurring irregular heartbeat.

Rebraca is expected to start conditioning drills in a week, and be sidelined about a month.

After scoring four points and committing four fouls in 11 minutes of a 103-100 win over the Toronto Raptors last Wednesday, Rebraca was admitted to Centinela Hospital and released one day later when his heartbeat returned to a normal rhythm.

The 7-foot Rebraca has averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11 games off the bench for the Clippers (10-4), who lead the Pacific Division.

A second-round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 1994, Rebraca has averaged 6.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 197 games, including 20 starts, for Detroit, Atlanta and the Clippers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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