Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Taylor’s Harrowing Heart-Attack Tale

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Former England batsman James Taylor has revealed the terrifying extent of the heart problems that forced his retirement at the age of 26.

Taylor’s career ended in 2016 when he was diagnosed with a serious but previously undiagnosed heart condition that could have been fatal.

He has written in harrowing detail about the day his symptoms came on while warming up with Nottinghamshire in his autobiography ‘Cut Short’, which is being serialised in England’s Daily Telegraph.

Taylor was throwing balls preparing for a match against Cambridge University when the symptoms struck and the batsman knew something was very wrong.

“I turned to my teammate Brendan Taylor. ‘My ticker’s f—-d,’ I told him. ‘My ticker’s f—-d’,” Taylor wrote.

“I walked off to the changing rooms. My heart was now going what felt a million miles an hour. I could actually see my chest moving, my skin expanding and contracting, fit to burst. It looked so unnatural. It made me feel sick to see it.

“I was gasping for air, sucking it in. I was feeling so, so sick. I made it into the toilet and stuck my head in the pan, desperately trying to vomit. Nothing would come. Nottinghamshire physio Jon Alty dragged me out. It hadn’t been flushed and was no place for anyone to be putting their face. Read More

The percentage of people with ideal heart health – measured by scoring seven lifestyle and biological markers – declined over two decades, according to a study that found people who maintain higher health scores over time have less risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

The research, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, included detailed medical visits and measurements for 3,460 adults from 1991 to 2008. It showed the number of participants with an ideal cardiovascular health score dropped over that time – from 8.5 percent to 5.9 percent. The decline, the study said, was mostly because of poorer results in body mass index, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

Meanwhile, the research also showed that people who maintained their ideal health throughout the study period had lower risk of heart disease and lower risk of dying, while those who had lower scores for a long time, even if they improved, had a greater risk of death and heart disease. Read More

Patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and a history of myocardial infarction (MI) examined prospectively every 6 months revealed that sudden and/or arrhythmic death (SAD) occurred most often at home and was associated with ventricular tachyarrhythmia in most patients, according to a recent study published in JAMA Cardiology.

Baseline demographics from patients (n=5761) with CHD and a history of MI who did not qualify for implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy on the basis of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥35% or New York Heart Association heart failure class I (LVEF >30%) were collected and prospectively tracked every 6 months. Read More


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