Mario Lemieux candidly talks about his heart problems in the current issue of Reader's Digest.
Lemieux was forced off the ice because of a heart ailment called atrial fibrillation. The upper chamber of the heart palpitates, resulting in less blood pumped than a normal heart. If left untreated, the condition can lead to a stroke or heart disease, but it is commonly controlled by a blood-thinning drug.
Lemieux is noted as an intensely private man, but he is opening up about his fight with AF to educate the public.
In addition to the magazine on store or library shelves, you should visit Reader's Digest's website where you listen to interviews with Mario and see interesting photos of Mario and his home as well as learn more about the disease.