Vickers’ Off Season Was Filled With Trauma, Pain
After an off season of health woes, Brian Vickers is schedule to be back in his Michael Waltrip Racing car at Las Vegas. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nearly two months after Brian Vickers once again found himself in open heart surgery, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver is focused on his return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, the 31-year-old driver admitted Tuesday the scenario could have been much different.
“It was a pretty traumatic event,” said Vickers, who returns to his No. 55 Toyota at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season’s third race. “It was definitely the worst of all the medical issues I’ve had to face. There was a lot of uncertainty going into the surgery from a life-health perspective.”
Vickers was en route to an Aaron’s photo shoot in mid-December when he began having pain. He considered going home to take a nap, but due to previous severe health issues, the 31-year-old Vickers decided to head to the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte. Vickers called ahead to Carolinas Medical Center and headed to the emergency room. The pain continued to worsen. After several tests, doctors diagnosed his problem as the artificial patch that was placed over a hole in his heart in 2010. They immediately began preparing him for surgery.
“When they figured out what was wrong; that the (artificial) patch in my heart needed to be replaced, they Read the full story »