“I know I’ll come back stronger”: scratch world champion undergoes successful heart surgery

Scratch world champion Martina Fidanza has undergone successful heart surgery and is now resting after leaving hospital on Friday December 17th.

The 22-year-old Italian track pilot’s heart rate reached 245 BPM and was highly visible on her training records, which led to her undergoing surgery at Lancisi University Hospital in Ancona.

Younger sister of Team BikeExchange-Jayco Arianna, Fidanza had an excellent 2021 season, managing to win her first elite world title in the Scratch race, thus consolidating her European victory in the same event a year earlier.

She posted on Instagram after the operation: “I am delighted to be able to say that the heart operation went well.

“I thank Dr Roberto Corsetti to Prof. Antonio Dello Russo for taking care of me in the best possible way. Now a period of rest awaits me but I can’t wait to get back in the saddle stronger than before. “

In an interview with an Italian newspaper The Gazzetta dello Sport, Fidanza revealed that she now has a looping recorder in her chest. A loop recorder is there to record electrical activity, but it does not regulate the heart rate like a pacemaker.

Fidanza said: “They sent me away at noon. In the morning they gave me the last visits and extra blood tests because my blood pressure was a bit low. Then I went home with my mother.

“I have a general feeling of exhaustion and the loop recorder that has been placed in my chest bothers me a bit, but I just need to get used to it. I know I will come back stronger again.”

Fidanza is not the first Italian runner in recent months to undergo heart surgery or have heart problems. Diego Ulissi took a break from cycling due to myocarditis after contracting Covid-19 and Elia Viviani had to leave his Cofidis training camp in January this year due to abnormalities.

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