Almost a month on, Page is back fighting fit and explained what is believed to have caused his cardiac arrest. He stated that a small amount of plaque in one of his arteries broke free—this was due to the turbulent blood flow caused by the amount of physical exertion during the performance. The unstable plaque was recognised as a foreign object by his body, which resulted in blood clotting in his arteries as a type of natural defence mechanism.
Because of the blocked artery, Page’s heart stopped and he stopped breathing. His heart ended up in a non-productive rhythm known as Ventricular Fibrillation. This is a type of rhythm that Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can detect—they can also shock the heart back into a natural rhythm once detected. Page was shocked three times with the defibrillator on the night of his cardiac arrest.
“It was only due to the CPR that was commenced so quickly, the fact that the Castle Hill RSL Club had an AED on site and readily available, and that there were people around that knew how to use the machine that I’m able to tell you this story myself,” said Page in his recent statement.