Published Tuesday, January 15, 2013 AT 6:57 PM / Updated at 6:58 PM
Doctors encouraged by Josh Jones hospital visit
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

Josh Jones will spend Tuesday night at Children’s Hospital after undergoing a second procedure to treat the heart issue that forced the Creighton senior to give up basketball.

Dr. Douglas Ramos, Creighton’s team physician, said Jones’ doctors were encouraged by the results of the cardiac catheterization procedure Jones underwent Tuesday.

“A lot of progress made towards treating his heart rhythm,” Ramos said in a text message to The World-Herald. “They still need to evaluate some things related to the heart but all in all, a good day with many successes by a great team of cardiologists.”

Jones suffered an atrial flutter before Creighton’s Dec. 6 game at Nebraska that caused his heart rhythm to accelerate rapidly. He passed out briefly before being taken to a Lincoln hospital.

He underwent a first catheterization, called a radio frequency ablation, on Dec. 19.

After receiving results of the first procedure and consulting with his doctors, Jones announced on Dec. 26 that he was giving up basketball.

Jones remains a member of the team and is scheduled to graduate in May.

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