From the "you never know where life's going to take you" files.
I've had a great first year on my bike (04 650 Classic). After the MSF Course and license in the spring, I've been riding several times during the week after work and almost every weekend. My last ride was 160 miles on 9/8 with about 60 interstate and the rest on two lanes around a state park and lake.
Things kind of changed on 9/11. I had a syncope episode at work. Went down hard, concussed with about 8 staples to the back of my head. I've never had anything like this before, had no symptoms or signs. I (pretty common issue) was diagnosed about 15 years ago with a Right Bundle Branch block (an electrical heart problem). I've not had any issues or problems until Wednesday 9/11.
You can have one branch blocked, but when the other one goes and the SA to AV node stutters, you've got problems. I was told the blow to my head probably restarted me. As a PSA, I recommend an annual EKG. You never know.
Paramedics, Hospital and Cardiac Doc's were great, I now am the proud owner of a Boston Scientific, L311 Pacemaker with a Latitude communicator. I'm not allowed to lift my left arm above my head for a few weeks ( to keep the wires from coming loose), and I can't lift anything over 10 pounds for a month. And no bike riding for a while.
My family is just glad I didn't syncope while riding or driving. That could have been bad.
By the way, I'm 56, 5'11 about 198-not overweight, no smoke, rarely drink, and walk a ton as I follow my college boys as they play golf.
I'm going to be fine, but no motorcycles for a while.