Heart surgery

Bridgnorth pensioner returns to run and hike after keyhole heart surgery

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davies, 70, from Bridgnorth, is now back in the hills and on the streets after undergoing life-changing surgery at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Father-of-two Andrew suffered a health problem in July 2017 when he had trouble breathing during a run in the Lake District park and then again during a training run shortly time after.

He was prescribed tablets and to record his heart rate and then had a private consultation with Dr Sanjiv Petkar, consultant cardiologist at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, that year.

In July, he underwent a type of electroshock treatment under sedation to restore his heart to normal rhythm at New Cross Hospital.

However, in 2019 he was discovered to have atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often very rapid heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, as well as increasing the risk of stroke, heart failure and heart failure. other complications, but recovered unaided.

In November the following year, when he became short of breath while out shopping in Shrewsbury, he was taken to hospital and found to have very low blood pressure and an elevated heart rate .

Around the same time, he was told to come in for his second cardio check, but this one didn’t go as well and he ended up in the emergency room at New Cross, feeling unwell.

After a series of tests he was released but later the same day he collapsed at home and was admitted to New Cross and it was decided to operate on Andrew under sedation, a procedure which involves inserting a tiny camera from the groin to the heart and which lasted about five hours.

Andrew joined Telford Harriers and clocked the fastest time in his nine three-hour, 21-minute marathons, in London, before joining his hometown Bridgnorth Running Club.

Since being given the green light to return to running in June last year, he has completed the 2.5 kilometer Couch, a beginner running program, and has racked up a maximum of four races per week.

His longest run since surgery is six and a half miles and he even competed in his first post-surgery run, the Dudley-Kingswinford 10 kilometer race.

Andrew, who also joins a walking group for weekly walks of up to 13 miles in South Shropshire, said: “It has given me my life back.

“Before, I couldn’t even lift the watering can to water the plants, now I’m back to running several times a week.

“I am so indebted to Dr. Petkar because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.

“You take your life for granted until something like this happens.”