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.
This was actually my 2nd SCA in less than a year. Nearly the exact same thing happened almost a year ago on Valentines Day (ironic). Same day of the week, same tennis drill, 2 shocks and then fully awake. However, that time they discovered that I had 99% blockages and needed CABG X7 which I got a week later. I returned to work 6 weeks later, completed cardiac rehab, and started playing tennis regularly again in the summer. During this time I started treatment for hypertension and started on Lipitor to protect the grafts. My cholesterol numbers were good, but, with grafts, the lower the better. I have a naturally slow resting heart rate and the HBP treatment has basically induced bradychardia - it was 36 bpm at one doctor visit. I have also developed bigeminy (irregular heart beat).
The angiogram I got last week showed that the bypasses were OK, so they decided to put in the ICD. I am expecting more tests and adjustment of my meds moving forward. I am hoping to get some clarity about my prognosis next month from my cardiologist.
that is the situation physically. I have purposely left out the emotional impact - on my family, friends, and myself - as I don't feel ready to share that yet. I have, though, made an appointment with a psychologist later this week.