Former Australian tennis star Todd Woodbridge recounts coronary heart assault at 51 | Tennis

Tennis nice Todd Woodbridge is urging others to have a well being test after turning into the most recent 50-something superstar to undergo a coronary heart assault.

Woodbridge says he was left shocked after experiencing signs as a match 51-year-old final Thursday.

The 16-time grand slam doubles champion and one-time top-20 singles star frequently works out in his residence fitness center in Melbourne and likewise retains energetic whereas away commentating at tournaments.

“I attempted to maintain my routine having travelled to the US Open and London and I used to be simply exercising and had chest pains and each symptom whenever you search for Google – full sweats and I felt terrible,”’ Woodbridge mentioned.

“I had slightly coronary heart episode that goes down as a gentle coronary heart assault which is a little bit of a shock to me.

“And also you’re personally nonetheless coming to phrases with someone like myself, who I contemplate to guide a fairly good, match, wholesome life-style – I hold energetic, I eat properly, I do all the best issues, I get pleasure from doing that.

“It’s been a wake-up name to me to ensure I take care of myself. If it will possibly occur to me it exhibits that it will possibly occur to anyone.”

Whereas Woodbridge survived his scary ordeal, cricket legend Shane Warne died earlier this 12 months at simply 52 after having a coronary heart assault in Thailand.

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching additionally died in March on the identical age from a sudden coronary heart assault.

Essendon AFL premiership participant Dean Wallis underwent surgical procedure this 12 months after a serious coronary heart assault, additionally at 52, whereas former Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann survived a coronary heart assault on his fiftieth birthday in 2020.

Woodbridge’s two brothers each died of their 50s, leaving him additional cautious about his personal well being.

“I’ve hit that age now the place I must be sure that I’ve common testing, get to the docs,” Woodbridge mentioned. “I’ve been lucky sufficient to go and get all of the assessments and I’m OK. With good monitoring and a little bit of delicate remedy transferring ahead, I’ll be high-quality.

“However what I did study was how vital hereditary genes are to your well being and I’m conscious that each my mum and pa have had just a few points with needing some stents and my dad had very excessive ldl cholesterol.

“If I deal with that I’ve the flexibility to be high-quality into the longer term. However in case you don’t deal with that, you might be placing your self in danger.”

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