Four-time major victor McIlroy returns to the golf course next week in the Abu Dhabi Championship after a four-month break as he recovered from a rib injury.
The Northern Ireland golfer will return from four-month layoff from a rib injury when he takes to the field of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday.
"They told me that's the reason that I have this thickening of my left ventricle and there's a bit of scar tissue".
"For now, I just need to stay on top of it and have to stay fit".
"The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever - I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spine and all was OK", McIlroy said.
"I have a flat T-wave and I'll have to get an [echocardiogram] on my heart every six months and an MRI scan every year", McIlroy said, adding that the issue was discovered after he suffered an infection in China 18 months ago.
After revealing his heart scare, Rory McIlroy says he's ready to get back to action for first time in 4 months..
That's when he dropped the bombshell news.
"But I've got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of".
Rory McIlroy gives a thums up to his health to start the new season.. He also shed light on some of last season's struggles, during which he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and failed to contend at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, one of his favorite courses. It's his lowest ranking to start a season this decade.
McIlroy, 28, is determined to return to the top of the world rankings by the end of 2018 and win at least one more major.
McIlroy discussed the diagnosis in an interview with Daily Telegraph. I think about number of wins, the ability of the players against me, the number of majors the others have.