Annie Thorisdottir Undergoes Medical Testing for Heart Arrhythmia

Annie Thorisdottir during the Muscle-Up Clean Ladder at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Annie Thorisdottir during the Muscle-Up Clean Ladder at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Annie Thorisdottir experienced heart arrhythmia in the middle of the “Chaos” at the 2018 CrossFit Games. It is something that Thorisdottir has experienced in the past, but it was the first time it occurred during a competition.

This past Monday Thorisdottir sought out medical advice for her arrhythmia. The “surgery” involved connecting three wires to Thorisdottir’s heart and pumping her heart full of adrenaline, stress hormone and electro stimulation…all while awake.

Thorisdottir said it was “like I was in a hard core training session while lying flat in a hospital bed.”

The good news is that the doctors were able to find the part of the heart that is causing the extra heart beats. The bad news is that it is in a place where Thorisdottir is not comfortable taking the risk to have it surgically repaired.

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I have had a heart arrhythmia for the past 6 years or so. It has not bothered me that much in daily life, as it only happens every 2-3 months or so. This year it happened for the first time during competition – the caos event- so I decided to have someone take a look at it. This is something I have dreaded to do for a long time now so it was a big step for me to take. I went for a “surgery” this Monday. It’s crazy to think and experience what is possible with modern medicine. There I was lying on the table fully awake with 3 wires inside my heart getting pumped with Adrenaline – stress hormone and electro stimulation to get my heart beating fast enough. It was such a strange and honestly funny feeling to be there feeling like I was in a hard core training session while lying flat in a hospital bed. We did find out where my extra beats are likely getting produced but it is in a spot where I am not sure if I’m willing to take the risk to get it fixed. Everything went really well and we found out I have extremely strong heart ♥️ I am so incredibly grateful for the doctors and the nurses how sweet they were and safe they all made me feel. Now it’s back to full training in only 5 more days!!! This won’t slow me down 🔥👊 got my eye on the 🥇

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Thorisdottir will take the next five days off from full training before ramping back up. Thorisdottir is scheduled to compete at the Dubai CrossFit Championship on December 12-15.