Melanie Oudin Needs Heart and Eye Procedures
Melanie Oudin who is a professional American tennis player will have to have a procedure for a heart condition and then afterwards a surgery for an eye problem.FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2009, file photo, Melanie Oudin, of the United States, returns to Elena Dementieva, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem.
Oudin who is 23 years old has said that for more than a year now she has been experiencing occasional episodes where her heartbeat accelerates which is usually during or after matches.
Last year Oudin went for a medical check on her heart and everything came back as normal. However later in 2013, Oudin was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis which is a muscle damaging condition that can be caused by intense exertion.
Oudin said that doctors told her that there was no connection between that condition and her accelerated heartbeat, which last month was diagnosed as a form of arrhythmia which known as atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia.
Over Oudin’s career she has been ranked as high as 31st and is currently sitting at 165th. She is also looking for a new coach after she ended her work with the US Tennis Association.
At age 17 in September 2009 she followed up her run to Wimbledon’s fourth round with an eye catching series of shocking even against the likes of Maria Sharapova, to get to the quarter finals of the US Open.
Oudin is originally from Mariette in Georgia and will be travelling to Atlanta to have the procedure on her heart done. The procedure will not be open heart surgery though.
Her next operation will be on her eye that she has said is a growth from the sun as she is out in the sun a lot.
She has said that she will not be training again until she feels 100 percent better, but she is expected to return to the court within just a few weeks.