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Kim Kirchen - Heart Attack Friday Night

Kim Kirchen - Heart Attack Friday Night

Team Katusha’s Kim Kirchen is said to be in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack on Friday evening after completing Stage 7 of the Tour of Switzerland.

Wow, 31 years old, heart attack.

“based on the tests done until now, it is possible to exclude both a infarctus or a thrombosis."

"It is highly unlikely that he had a myocardial infarction which is a thrombus (clot) in the coronary arteries considering his young age and good health. Rather he had "cardiac arrest" which is a heart rhythm abnormality due to rapid racing so fast the heart cannot pump. The most common causes of cardiac arrest in young adult athletes are: 1) hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (congenital thickening of the heart muscle wall with fibers failing to align with each other (myofibrillar disarray), 2) Wolff-Parkinson-White preexcitation syndrome (an accessory electrical connection between the upper and lower chambers of the heart causing heart racing), or 3) congenital abnormalities of the coronary arteries (unlikely because his problem occurred while at rest. The critical thing was that he can recover from the moments with low blood flow. Let's pray for his full recovery. If it is the accessory electrical connection his problem can be easily fixed and he can ride again. The other choices are less likely reparable.
Our lover and prayers go out to Kim and his family.  Mark Wathen, MD"

#1 is what my doctor keeps trying to scare me with.  I've had some #2 in the past but it seemed to be caused by too much coffee.

~too much of anything is just enough for me. Pete Townshend

Stuart Lamb
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