According to a report in Wisconsin.Golf, Steve Stricker nearly died from a “mysterious illness,” which appears to be pericarditis, an inflammation of the outer lining of the heart.
Reporter Gary D’Amato wrote, “What started as a bad cough and sore throat in late October morphed into something far worse, something that caused his white blood cell count to soar, his liver count to plummet and, scariest of all, inflammation around his heart, which jumped in and out of rhythm for weeks.”
Stricker was first admitted to the hospital in mid November, and described nothing less than a near-death experience.
“I went into the hospital about two weeks before Thanksgiving and they kept me in there. That’s when the sh*t hit the fan,” said Stricker to D’Amato.
“My liver numbers started getting worse. My white blood cell count was jacked up really high. I was fighting something, but they couldn’t find out what it was. My liver was going downhill. I got jaundice. I was yellow and peeing out Pepsi-colored pee.”
Over two months later, Stricker, who is reportedly vaccinated, is still unable to eat solid food and now requires several medications, including a blood thinner, and a beta blocker to manage his damaged heart.
The 54-year-old Wisconsin native told D’Amato, “I’m still on no activity. I’m still dealing with inflammation around the heart. That part is getting better, though, all the time. They took an MRI right before Christmas and it was still there, this inflammation, but it’s going down.”
The most serious side effects of COVID-19 vaccines are heart-related injuries including blood clots and heart inflammation (myocarditis and pericarditis).
According to the CDC: “Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis is inflammation of the outer lining of the heart. In both cases, the body’s immune system causes inflammation in response to an infection or some other trigger… Both myocarditis and pericarditis have the following symptoms: Chest pain; Shortness of breath; Feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart.”
Stricker, though, suspects the stress from the Ryder Cup may have contributed to his illness.
“I kind of have a feeling that (the Ryder Cup) could have had a part in it,” Stricker was quoted in the Wisconsin.Golf piece, “It’s a letdown, right, after that happens? And then your immune system is probably down. It probably played a role in it somehow.”
Stricker’s cardiologist has essentially placed the 12-time PGA Tour winner on IR, for at least six months.
Editor’s Note: We have confirmed that Steve Stricker was fully vaccinated.