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Longtime ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt says he’s ‘OK’ following ‘medical scare’

ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt said he will not be anchoring the Monday night broadcast of “SportsCenter” following the national championship game due to a medical issue.

Van Pelt tweeted during halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship game between top-ranked Alabama and Georgia that he was OK and at home after experiencing what he termed a “medical scare” Monday afternoon. The scare, he said, was brought about because his “heart got a little out of whack” due to supraventricular tachycardia.

Supraventricular tachycardia is caused by an irregular or fast heartbeat.

University of Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt watches a 2017 Terps men's basketball game in College Park, Maryland.

University of Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt watches a 2017 Terps men’s basketball game in College Park, Maryland.

The 55-year-old Van Pelt has been a mainstay at ESPN for two decades, first joining the network in 2001. He has hosted several radio programs to go along with his anchoring duties. He said he was “bummed to miss one

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Scott Van Pelt missed CFP ‘SportsCenter’ because of heart scare

Scott Van Pelt had a heart scare earlier this week that caused him to miss one of the biggest “SportsCenter” programs of the year.

“Bummed to miss one of my favorite shows of the year, but happy to be ok and home after a bit of a medical scare this afternoon,” Van Pelt tweeted on Monday.

“Thanks to @SuburbanHosp @CJPVFD for looking after me. Heart got a little out of whack, (SVT) which was pretty spooky, but fine now.”

Scott Van Pelt at a Maryland basketball game.
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Van Pelt, 55, hosts ESPN’s midnight “SportsCenter.” With the network’s wide array of live rights, this program essentially serves as the postgame show for the evening in sports.

Any time ESPN airs a big game — NBA playoffs, NFL postseason, etc. — Van Pelt is a comfortable presence for the viewers to stick around for. His midnight “SportsCenter” is as

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt has ‘medical scare’, says ‘heart got a little out of whack’

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Sportscaster Scott Van Pelt looks on during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 06, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Scott Van Pelt announced that he’s “OK and home” following a “medical scare.” (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt announced during Monday’s CFP national championship that he would not take his normal postgame “SportsCenter” anchor chair, citing a “medical scare.”

The longtime “SportsCenter” host made the announcement on Twitter that his “heart got a little out of whack,” but that he’s “fine now” and home from the hospital.

Van Pelt referenced “SVT,” which is short for supraventricular tachycardia, according to the Mayo Clinic. It defines the condition as “an abnormally fast or erratic heartbeat that affects the heart’s upper chambers.”

Per the Mayo Clinic:

“A normal heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. A heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute is called a tachycardia. During an episode of SVT, your heart beats about 150 to 220 times per minute, but it can

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