Scott Van Pelt said that after Monday’s National Football Championship playoff match, his “health fears” about his heart kept him from hosting ESPN’s “SportsCenter”.
Van Pelt said on Twitter that his heart had “broken a bit” and revealed that he had been taken to a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Monday afternoon. John Anderson and Michael Eaves took over Van Pelt and led the postgame show after Georgia defeated Alabama and won its first national title since 1980.
“I’m sorry I missed one of my favorite shows of the year, but I’m happy to be fine this afternoon and at home after my health worries,” Van Pelt tweeted. “Thanks [Suburban Hospital JHM] and [Cabin John Park VFD] that he takes care of me. The heart broke a bit (SVT), which was pretty scary, but it’s okay now. ”
Van Pelt mentioned SVT, which stands for supraventricular tachycardia according to the Mayo Clinic. It is also known as paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia and is described as an abnormally fast or irregular heartbeat that affects the upper ventricles of the heart.
While Van Pelt confirmed that he was at home, no further word was said about his condition or the timeline of his return.
Since joining ESPN in 2001 as a leading professional golf reporter, Van Pelt has worked for the network in various roles. He provides insight during the Masters and appears in several segments of “Bad Beats” in addition to hosting his own radio show, “The Scott Van Pelt Show.”
Fifty-five-year-old Van Pelt also hosts the nightly “SportsCenter”, which is usually broadcast after major broadcast events.