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Mark Spitz diagnosed with heart condition

Media Interviews - 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards - Monaco

MONACO - FEBRUARY 26: Laureus Academy member Mark Spitz is interviewed prior to the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on February 26, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)

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Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat, a rep for Spitz confirmed.

Spitz has worked with doctors over the last year to manage the condition, according to a social media post Wednesday, the 47th anniversary of winning his seventh gold medal at the Munich Olympics.

“After competing at that level, I never imagined that I would be diagnosed with a heart condition like this one,” was posted on Spitz’s Facebook and Twitter. “I feel lucky that I was able to catch this before it put me at serious risk for other heart complications. I look forward to spreading awareness about AFib as I learn more about this condition and live with my own diagnosis.”

Spitz, 69, held the record of seven golds at a single Games until Michael Phelps broke it with eight at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He covered the Rio Olympics for Brazilian TV.

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