Todd Woodbridge is out of harm's way, but the 22-time Grand Slam champion has had a heart attack as he revealed in a lengthy interview. The former Australian tennis player was in fact suffered from a mild heart attack during one of the usual training sessions in the gym.
He said, also giving other details and updates on his health: "I had done a bit of a warm-up, I started to do some weights and I had a horrible feeling, as if a finger was being pushed into the middle of my chest. I have tried to stretch a bit, like you do sometimes, thinking that twinge came from training, but it didn't go away.
It started spreading over my chest. It wasn't pain, it was like strong pressure. I was short of breath, was sweating, felt nauseous and turned pale. Luck? The presence of my wife in the building, which she has accompanied me immediately to the hospital.
Thirty minutes later I was feeling fine, but my blood tests showed that I had had a mild heart attack. Many people would have ignored those symptoms. Don't do it, deal with it if you have those symptoms."
Todd Woodbridge gives updates after his heart attack
As for the future, the doctors gave the 51-year-old more than a few resucrations: "Fortunately, there is no long-term negative impact on my health, just a restriction on any heavy physical activity for a month and some medications to take.
. I will definitely do all my checks. I have one in three weeks, then in three months, six months and 12 months, I will be in charge of monitoring what is happening much more closely." The occasion was obviously to launch a pretty clear message for prevention: "One day becomes a week, which becomes a month, then six months and before you know it a year has passed and you haven't done what you have to do for your health.
The most important thing to remember is that you need to do this not just for yourself, but for your family and friends."