Originally published at Paul Levesque speaks on heart issue, family history, working in the office and his future
Paul Levesque shared details on his recovery as well as his role within WWE in the months since last year’s heart issue.
In the full interview with Stephen A. Smith that ESPN has released, Levesque stated he is back in the office but acknowledges that he has had to “step back a little bit” and noting his endurance is not at the same level as before.
Leveque spoke at length for the first time in the interview about his cardiac issue last year that led to a defibrillator being placed into his chest and thus, ending his professional wrestling career.
The executive stated that he is working in the office and focused on recruiting the new major stars – specifically mentioning Gable Steveson as well the possibility of opening more Performance Centers.
Levesque said that prior to the heart issue, he had spoken with Vince McMahon about doing something at this year’s WrestleMania 38 but didn’t expand on what those plans were. In the same interview, he noted he will never wrestle again after his heart issue.
Regarding his family’s history of heart problems, he mentioned the passing of both his great grandfather and grandfather while his father required triple bypass surgery and that it’s a genetic issue.
Regarding his own health, he stated he never had high blood pressure or high cholesterol during past tests in the company and had an “athlete’s heart”.
He said when he had the issue, there was a 99 percent blockage in the left anterior descending artery and if there was a clot or thickening, it could have been fatal.