Silas Woolway was told by doctors he was potentially just one match away from having a heart attack after his heart rate was monitored during a fitness session when he was 17.
It was discovered he had a resting rate of 140 beats per minute — more than twice that of his team-mates.
Specialists diagnosed him with dilated cardiomyopathy — a deadly condition which causes the heart muscle walls to become so thin it cannot pump blood around the body properly. His heart was working at 35 per cent of its capacity.
He had to give up his dream of playing competitive football but doctors have credited the test with saving his life.
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