On a recent ride, while cycling up a steep hill near my house, I felt my heart racing very fast. I stopped to rest but my heart continued to beat rapidly, so I set my bike down, and the next thing I knew I had passed out. I came to on my side, coughing up blood, and could not reach my phone. A man driving by stopped to help and called 911. Then, having found my Road ID, he used it to contact my wife. It turned out that I had a bad aorta valve from birth that caused the blood to back up from my heart and into my lungs. Two days later, I had a valve replacement. The surgeon said my heart was very strong (due to cycling). It will be two months before I can cycle again because of my surgery, but I am feeling better each day.
- Ross .L from San Diego, CA