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Clippers' reserve center undergoes heart procedure

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

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.