Heat Update: Chris Bosh, medical team clash on use of blood thinners

Heat Update: Chris Bosh, medical team clash on use of blood thinners

More information is coming out as to why the Miami Heat halted Chris Bosh from playing in the NBA Playoffs and decided to bench him because of his life-threatening health conditions involving blood clots to his calf.

This would be the second time that Bosh was sidelined due to health reasons. The first was on Feb. 21, 2015 wherein he was advised not to suit up for the remainder of the season due to a blood clot in his lungs and the second just this year within days going into the All-Star Weekend.

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It was reported that he would miss the All-Star Weekend in Toronto due to a calf injury, but it was later revealed that he had a blood clot in his calf. The Heat organization decided to pull him off the team’s roster for the season because of the potential dangers of the recurring medical condition.

As reported by the Miami Herald, the Heat strongly opposed on allowing Bosh to play while taking blood-thinners because it would be very dangerous for someone on thinners who sustained a cut, or fell hard and started bleeding internally, during a game.

Robert Myerburg — an expert on the treatment of athletes and a cardiologist at U-Health – stated that even though some of the newer blood thinners can be out of a patient’s system within 12 hours there is too much at risk.

“The drug being out of the system is not what worries me as much as the unprotected time during games and other times when the blood thinner is out of his system, even more so if he’s subjected to trauma in an area where there was past clotting (in his leg and calf). Patients with atrial fibrillation can sometimes be taken off thinners when they go on a skiing trip, but this is different,” Myerburg explained.

Bosh and his camp wanted to have their way as they called the attention of the NBA Players Association to mediate between the Bosh and the Heat to have him back on the active roster. But Miami stood its ground on their decision not to allow Bosh to play as the possibility of Bosh suffering a hard fall or something occurring that would cause him to bleed internally during a game.

The Heat said they wouldn’t allow Bosh to return until he was 100 percent. Bosh and the Heat finally agreed on May 4 that he wouldn’t play in the postseason.

With the uncertainty of Bosh to come back into the team’s active roster, the Heat might consider letting him go and look for a suitable free agent to fill in his spot. Bosh’s contract with the Heat is still not due until the 2018-19 season and team president Pat Riley recently said there will be conditions that will dictate whether Bosh returns next season.

“We are very encouraged by trying to find a way over the next two or three months to find a protocol and program to get him back playing. That’s always been our objective. It’s the X-factor in everything we’re trying to do this summer,” Riley said.

Others are suggesting that Bosh should retire for the sake of his health and family, but the Heat are still on the positive side that the 32-year old power forward would be able to return to active duty next season.

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