my cousin is in the hospital with heart failure and they do not know why. it is not a heart attack. he got a tattoo on thursday and wound up in the hospital on sunday. the doctor said it was not a viral infection. he is in good health and runs 6 miles every other day. he is 40 yrs old. do you think the tattoo had anything to do with it. also, there is a family history of heart defects on both sides of the family. he has been shocked 40 times and the pace maker they put in is not working. they only way they are keeping him alive is with a device called impella.