Josh Fischer Undergoes Closed Heart Surgery

Cal State Fullerton senior forward Josh Fischer today underwent closed heart surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange to repair an irregular heart beat that has plagued him for several years. If successful, the treatment for his supraventricular tachycardia should sideline him for only a few weeks.

Cal State Fullerton senior forward Josh Fischer today underwent closed heart surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange to repair an irregular heart beat that has plagued him for several years. If successful, the treatment for his supraventricular tachycardia should sideline him for only a few weeks.

The 6-foot-9 graduate of La Habra High School has averaged 6 points and 3.6 rebounds in his 78-game Titan career that has included 37 starting assignments.

Fischer's symptoms have included sudden periods of a rapidly beating heart and the episodes had become more frequent. If uncorrected, a life-threatening episode eventually would have occurred.

Athletic trainers at CSF have kept an EKG machine at the ready during all Fall practices trying to record an episode so a proper diagnosis could be made. They finally were successful last week.

The Titans play an exhibition game Wednesday night against the EA Sports West All-Stars at 7:05 p.m. in Titan Gym. All youngsters in Halloween costumes will be admitted free of charge and receive a "treat" at the door. CSF fraternities and sororities also are hosting a free "Spook Alley" outside Titan Gym beginning at 6 p.m.

EA Sports features several former Big West Conference players including DeAnthony Langston and Brandon Titus of Long Beach Sate and Ray Kelly of UC Santa Barbara. EA Sports is opening a 10-game schedule that will also see them play San Diego State, Pepperdine, Univ. of San Diego, UCSB, Fresno State, UCLA, California, UNLV and Hawai'i.