Australian Olympian Lisa Curry has revealed she’s been battling with Atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.
Speaking from the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday with The Morning Show, 60-year-old shared for the first time she was diagnosed after two visits to hospital in the last 11 months.
“I’ve got a little bit of … I don’t know where I got that from, it’s just appeared,” she said of her Atrial fibrillation diagnosis on Tuesday.
The condition is caused by irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm.
The Mayo Clinic states the condition can lead to blot clots in the heart and can increase the risk of other heart-related complications if not treated properly.
Lisa Curry was at the peak of her swimming career in the 1990s, now 20 years on she’s facing her next challenge after being diagnosed with a heart condition.
Ms Curry said the health update means she’s been “trying” to make some “hard” changes to her daily routine.
“So my doctor said I have to be weaned off alcohol and coffee,” Ms Curry said.
Her doctor has also prescribed Beta blockers which treat high blood pressure and can lead to fatigue as one of the side effects.
but the author said that the medication “makes you tired”.
“There’s a lot going on,” she said.
The swimmer reportedly underwent surgery for a heart condition in 2008 and again in 2015 for Myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle.
Ms Curry has previously opened up about her health journey.
Posting on Instagram about a year ago, Ms Curry stated he’d been hospitalised with chest pains she attributed to “heartache” for her late daughter Jaimi.
Lisa Curry has shared the loss of her 33-year-old daughter causes her constant ‘heartache’. Picture: Instagram
Ms Curry’s 33-year-old daughter died in 2020 after a battle with an undisclosed long-term illness.
Keeping her late daughter’s memory alive, Ms Curry said at the time she continued to be “broken-hearted” over her loss.
“It’s day five after coming in with chest pain, a wide squeezing band around my chest and back,” she wrote on Instagram.
“All my tests are good. Everyone is stumped.
“But you can’t test for heartache.
“Broken hearted by things that people said to her and did to her.”