My Wolff-Parkinson-White Moment

  • Rushed to hospital with heart palpitations.
  • Given an electric shock to regain normal rhythm.
  • Diagnosed with an extra electrical pathway in my heart.
  • Keyhole heart surgery to remove the extra pathway.

Palpitations ~ Ventricular Tachycardia

I was in ventricular tachycardia for two hours. I managed over 300bpm.

A 150 Joule defibrillation shock was necessary to stop the arrhythmia.

Extra Electrical Pathway ~ Wolff-Parkinson-White

The above electrocardiogram shows that I have Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

Keyhole Heart Surgery ~ Catheter Ablation

A week later I had a catheter ablation at the QE in Birmingham.

It went well and now I don't have the extra pathway.  

I would like to thank my wife Laura, my work colleagues and first aiders, Warwickshire ambulance and paramedics, the A&E and CCU teams at Warwick Hospital, and the Cardiology team at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Without the help of these amazing people I might not be alive today.

CRY - A charity to raise awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young