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Vols tennis player overcoming heart issues

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Tennis requires agility, speed, and endurance. It will test your heart rate

 to 180 beats per minute. Now imagine if your heart couldn't keep up with your speed.

UT senior tennis player Taylor Patrick suffers from atrial fibrillation. His heart will beat so fast that it will start skipping beats. 

The condition started a couple years ago, and he can usually control it, until a few weeks ago.

Taylor noticed his hate start to race. Instead of the usual minute or two, this was lasting for more than 30 minutes. His teammate rushed him to the hospital. His heart rate was at 120 beats peR minute when he was just standing. The doctors had to shock Taylor's heart back to its normal rhythm. 

 Doctors didn't know if Taylor would ever be able to play tennis again. But after a week break and several tests, Taylor was back on the court. In his first match back, he beat Georgia Tech in straight sets. Then, just a couple days ago, Taylor earned his first SEC victory.

You may wonder why Taylor continues to play with his heart issues. Well, it's that same heart that tells him to keep going.

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