Mario Cipollini battling heart conditions, recovering from surgery

Mario Cipollini rides ahead of the Giro d'Italia
Mario Cipollini rides ahead of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mario Cipollini has revealed that he suffers from a serious heart condition and had to undergo surgery, making his health issues public in the hope that other people can better understand heart problems cyclists may face.

Cipollini underwent heart surgery for five hours in late October to treat a myocardial bridge - a condition where the heart muscle grows around the coronary artery and constricts blood flow. He also had an ablation in his right ventricle to resolve an arrhythmia and a biopsy that confirmed he had suffered from a viral infection that affected his heart and caused myocarditis or inflammation of the heart tissue.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.