Archive - Jan 24, 2018

Archive - Jan 24, 2018

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I am a 63 year old divorced male. I still work full time and enjoy playing tennis regularly.

On Tuesday evening 1 week ago, I was participating in my regular tennis group clinic, one hour of drills and then one hour of play. Near the end of the first hour, while in the middle of a volley drill, I felt faint (no other warning) and immediately passed out - it was Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I awoke minutes later after being resuscitated by the EMTs (I was later told that the tennis staff used an AED and a friend administered CPR before the EMTs arrived). I remained fully conscious after that while being taken to the ER and admitted to the hospital. The next day I got an angiogram and the following day I got an ICD. I was discharged on Friday, but won't be able to return to work for 2 more weeks.

Four in 10 Cardiomyopathies – A Major Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young People – Are Genetic

Family screening urgently needed to prevent early death in apparently healthy relatives

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS--Four in ten cardiomyopathies – a major cause of sudden cardiac death and heart failure in young people – are genetic, according to a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) study published in European Heart Journal. Family screening is urgently needed to prevent early death in apparently healthy relatives, the paper says.

Cardiomyopathy is where the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick or rigid. As the condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker and less able to pump blood through the body and maintain a normal electrical rhythm. Around one in 300 people in Europe has a cardiomyopathy.

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