Life at a Different Pace
by Chris Mckee
At age 13 I was an active wrestler,football player, and martial artist. I lived a very busy life for a kid, and loved every minute of it.
Then one day while in Tae Kwon Do class, I passed out. I was rushed to the local hospital and then flown to the children's hospital in St.Louis Missouri where I was told I had a complete AV block and that without a Pacemaker, I would be dead in 2 years.
So we proceeded with the surgery and I carried on, just at a different pace. Everything was fine until I hit age 30 when I had a heart attack.
I was told that I now had Cardiomyopathy, CHF, that my Ejection Fraction was 18% and that my heart on its own only beats 20 bpm. So it was decided that an ICD (defibrillator) was needed at that time. It has been great so far, and although I am currently in the hospital due to the need for battery replacement, I have no complaints.