Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/5/13
Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens underwent heart surgery Tuesday night to repair a defect in his aorta. Team officials reported that the early prognosis is positive. According to a statement from the team, Kitchens left practice early on Tuesday after feeling ill. He was sent to the training room with symptoms of dizziness and light-headedness, and after being evaluated by the team's medical staff, it was determined that he should be taken to a hospital for furuther evaulation and testing. The statement continues: "During that process, a CT scan revealed a defect to his aorta that required surgery, which he had Tuesday night at the Arizona Heart Institute. According to the doctors who performed the surgery, it went very well and the early prognosis is positive. The Kitchens family is grateful to everyone who has and continues to extend their support, well wishes and prayers. Kitchens, 38, has been on the Cardinals staff since 2007. He had been tight ends coach, but was shifted to quarterbacks coach after the hiring of head coach Bruce Arians.
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