Glenn Burns explains his sudden shortness of breath on air last night

Glenn Burns hopes to return to Channel 2 Action News on Monday, six weeks after open-heart surgery. CREDIT: WSB-TV

Glenn Burns had open-heart surgery in the spring but is now working full-time again. CREDIT: WSB-TV

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, June 7, 2016 on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

During the 11 p.m. Channel 2 Action News newscast Monday night, chief meteorologist Glenn Burns was doing his weather forecast when he lost his breath for a moment. He threw it back to anchor Jovita Moore and they soon cut to commercial.

A few minutes later, after the commercial break, he told the viewers he felt okay and finished his forecast.

But given that Burns had open-heart surgery three months ago, he sent me a note to explain what had happened:

What happens is that my heart beat goes up for a few seconds.  When you have had major heart surgery, this is a little disconcerting to say the least.  It happens without any warning and when you are on air speaking at the time, that caused me to momentarily lose my breath.  I am fine 20 seconds later.  So last night, this happened and I lost it for 20 seconds and then resumed my weathercast after the commercial break.  I was with my cardiologist at Piedmont for three hours yesterday undergoing a battery of tests to figure out why this was happening. My heart is very healthy.  The valve they replaced is doing amazingly well and is 100% perfect.  The little heart palpation I get just may be a normal part of the healing process.  I am not in any danger.   So that is basically it.  I am told things are perfect.  I am working out better than ever at the gym.  And they say I should be 100% after 8 months to a year.

Details of his actual heart surgery from my original story in March here. 

My interview with Burns a few weeks later. 

UPDATE: 8/2/2016 It has happened at least a couple more times since then.

UPDATE: 2/3/2017: It happened again tonight.

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11 comments
Peter Sway
Peter Sway

stay off the air go home and stay there

Janet Gill
Janet Gill

I fully understand this situation. Take it easy Glenn. Keeping busy keeps your mind off of yourself. Take your time YOU are lucky your heart condition was caught in time.\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d

Sonya Neville
Sonya Neville

Awwww we luvvv u Gleen take it easy u the best

Jennifer Uden Covington
Jennifer Uden Covington

He is still recovering from major heart surgery and does not "need to retire!" He is the best and his viewers are so happy to see him!!

Mark A. Walker
Mark A. Walker

Keep a defibrillator near by and bring Glenn back slowly. Hope he feels better and take it easy.

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

Jovita is the best looking anchor in all of Atlanta news. That and gorgeous too.