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Gymnast Catalina Ponor undergoes heart intervention

Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor, who restarted training alongside Romania’s gymnastics team several months ago, was taken to the Floreasca Emergency Hospital last week, Realitatea TV informs. The gymnast had heart problems.

Although she retired more than three years ago, four months ago Catalina Ponor restarted training, at present having her sights set on the World Championships in Tokyo. Ponor is strictly following the training schedule that Romania’s coordinating head coaches Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang have prepared and is working hard in order to be in top shape two months from now when she hopes she will win her first world title. Triple Olympic champion in Athens, Ponor was taken to hospital last week after having heart problems during one of the training session in Izvorani, ‘Gazeta Sporturilor’ writes. Catalina suddenly stopped exercising after she felt her heart was beating faster than normal.

According to Mariana Bitang, the cause is a congenital heart problem that sometimes causes tachycardia and that calls for a minor heart intervention. The intervention was recommended by Dr. Radu Vatasescu and Dr. Ana Fruntelata. “They recommended a non-surgical procedure to neutralize the area that causes tachycardia. I knew about Catalina’s heart problem since 2004,” head coach Mariana Bitang explained, underlining that the doctors have not told the athlete to stop from training.

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