Tuesday 21 January 2020

Michael Lyster: 'I get on with life, I don't want to be a cardiac cripple'

Michael and Anne Lyster. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Michael and Anne Lyster. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Eimear Rabbitt

Sports broadcaster Michael Lyster has revealed that RTE are keeping a close watch on his workload after he suffered a heart attack last summer.

The Sunday Game presenter collapsed at the front door of his Cabinteely home in Dublin and was kept alive by his wife, who administered CPR.

Less than a year later, Michael is looking forward to another busy GAA season and said RTE were constantly in touch with him about how he was feeling.

However, the 61-year-old said he doesn't want to live his life "like a delicate glass".

"The point about it is you don't want to turn yourself into a cardiac cripple by thinking that things are wrong," Lyster told the Herald.

"RTE keep an eye on the situation and if I feel up to doing things, which is what they need to do.

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"But I don't see any difference. You mind yourself to a certain degree, but you are not going around like you are delicate glass. You just get on with your life.

"They (RTE) stay in touch with where things are with me and looking at the summer - the GAA and the Olympic Games. I am happy with what I am doing - we stay on the same wavelength."

It is set to be a busy summer for the Galway man who will be presenting both the day-time and evening programme of the Sunday Game during the month of August.


Lyster will be covering for fellow sports presenter Des Cahill, who will be going to Brazil to cover the Olympic Games for the State broadcaster.

"The (GAA) games are in Dublin during August so it's possible to do both. I am happy enough to do that," he said.

Michael has suffered from a heart condition for a number of years, but had no warning before his collapse last year. He was kept alive by his wife Anne, who has first-aid training.

He has regular check-ups to ensure all is well, and has had an implant defibrillator fitted in the event of another cardiac arrest.

"That should avoid the sudden drama, and get you to a hospital. You can do all the things you like, but sometimes your heart will stop again," he said.

"The thing about it is you don't have to be feeling bad. There are no symptoms. My heart just stopped. If felt fine leading up to it and then this thing just happened."

Michael has a first-aid certificate and would encourage people to brush up on the basic knowledge required that could save someone's life.

"It's something that is incredibly important across the board with people," he said. "If you learn the basics you might just do enough to save someone's life, as Anne did."

Michael was at the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation's Happy Heart Appeal. The foundation is celebrating 50 years in existence by calling on the public to buy a happy heart from volunteers on May 5 and 6.


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