Heart problems: Mallon and Toms

mulligan, 16 September 2005, Comments Off on Heart problems: Mallon and Toms
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On Sunday, after the Solheim Cup finished, Meg Mallon’s heart shot up to 290 beats per minute. (Mallon, of course, had clinched the Cup for the U.S. with her victory.) She had to be taken to the hospital, where she stayed until today. She apparently is doing better.

Today, David Toms had to withdraw after 9 holes of the 84 Lumber Classic after complaining that he “couldn’t breathe.” Toms was airlifted to a local hospital, and went through a battery of tests. Toms is in critical condition. Stay tuned for more info.

UPDATE: Toms is better and was released from the hospital after suffering a bout of supraventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat). It’s been diagnosed as curable. More here.

Meanwhile, one apparent medical expert wrote in to say Meg Mallon couldn’t have had a heartrate of 290 beats per minute. I’ll defer to the expertise of the commenter, although that’s what AP reported. I’m not a doctor, but I did check with one, who confirmed that it is possible to have a heartbeat that high if it’s atrial fibrillation (which is what Pres. Bush Sr. had). This analysis does say it can cause heartbeats even over 300 beats per minute.


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