Local athlete’s instinct alerts doctors to heart condition

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LAGRANGE, OH – Leah Cordy knew something was going on with her heart when it would start to race and then slow down.

She said she wasn’t sure what to think, so her parents took her to the doctor.

"We went to a couple of doctors and none of them thought anything was wrong, they all thought that I was normal,” she recalls.

She eventually met with Dr. Peter Aziz, an Electrophysiologist from the Cleveland Clinic.

He discovered that she had an irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia.

"We see a lot of kids with this and most of these kids are normal people who never had any medical problems before, this kind of comes out of nowhere,” he explained.

He said Leah’s condition was non-life threatening and could be treated by taking medication or completely cured by getting a Catheter Ablation.

The 16-year-old decided on the second option and had surgery last month.

"I had it done on a Thursday and by the next Tuesday I was good to go,” said Cordy.

The 16-year-old is now back to playing volleyball for Key Stone High school in Lagrange.

She said she’s learned a lot from this experience and has some advice for other kids.

"Just trust your gut. I mean, I knew something was wrong with me,” she said.

 

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