Douglas Robson of USA Today had a very revealing phone conversation yesterday with Mardy Fish. In a story today in his paper, Fish told Robson that he has been unable to play tennis this spring because of a heart ailment.
“It felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest,” Fish told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview Sunday from his home in Los Angeles where he was recovering from a medical procedure on Wednesday, cardiac catheter ablation, to correct faulty wiring in his heart.”
“It has been so scary,” Fish said of the misfiring electrical pulses that caused him to jolt up in the middle of the night with extreme palpitations and which doctors described as a form of arrhythmia. It started afflicting him in February.
“During days, I’m totally fine,” he said. “I can track it and work out fine. But every time I would go to bed my mind would start racing. Is this going to happen tonight? Is this going to be another night like that? It was super hard to go to sleep.”
Fish said after his stunning loss to Juan Monaco in Miami, he went through a trying night dealing with the issue.
“I was completely panicking,” Fish told Robson of that night. “I thought I was going to die.” Fish called 911 and was taken to the hospital.
Fish underwent a series of tests since and with the problem now known, he’s returned to training and hopes to be back on the tennis courts for Queen’s next month.
You can read Mardy’s full ordeal here.
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