So in June 2018 I went for a health check up (with an ECG) and found out I had a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. It’s an electrical pathway problem in the heart. In most cases it isn’t an issue unless you also develop Atrial Fibrillation. The combination of the two can have serious, potentially life threatening consequences.
So on 5th Feb 2019 I underwent the surgical procedure to remove the extra electrical pathway in my heart. But it was agreed with the surgeon in advance that if the pathway was found to be too close to the center of the heart the risk (which is small) would not be taken of possibly ending up with a pacemaker for the rest of my life. Goes without saying. that’s not ideal for a competitive cyclist. Unfortunately this was the scenario that played out. The surgeon did not take the risk.
Moving forward I will have to make decisions about what I’m going to do to take control of this issue. Weighing up the odds, consequences and benefits of returning to the procedure and taking the risk or living with a risk.