Mike Smith has more tests, says his ticker is just fine

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith announced he had additional testing done on his heart and it has been determined the health scare he suffered earlier this month in Charlotte, N.C., after a victory over the Panthers is not related to his heart.

Smith would not reveal the specific nature of his health issue, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

I want to be as transparent as I can be,” Smith said, according to the report. “I did have a follow-up appointment and follow-up testing on Friday. The follow-up appointment revealed the cause of the problem that I was having in Charlotte. I want to tell you that it’s not my heart. My heart is fine. I am fine.”

The 52-year-old Smith was experiencing chest pain and was taken to a hospital in Charlotte where he was treated briefly. He had more tests done last week after the Falcons defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Following the Falcons-Carolina game on Dec. 11, Smith, 52, had chest pains and was taken to a Charlotte hospital before the team’s charter flight left for Atlanta. Smith had undisclosed tests and arrived home the next day at 3 a.m. He went in for a follow-up appointment and some additional last week.

“The doctors have devised a medical plan to deal with the issues and I can assure you again, it’s not my heart,” Smith said. “I am fine and I want to talk about the football team.”

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