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A heart update and my new sexy bike!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

So after my little stint in hospital and a little stent in my heart I am LITERALLY better than I was 12 months ago.

Long story short I had a heart attack in October 2009 in Dubai, they put in a stent (which widens the artery in your heart) and gave me medication to take for 12 months to stop the heart tissue growing around the stent too quickly.

Of course I decided i felt fine after 2 months, the purpose of the medication wasn't explained to me so I just basically stopped taking it.

Over time the heart tissue was growing over and around the stent too quickly and in the wrong place and re-narrowing the artery.

Fast forward to 10 days ago when after working out very hard day after day at fat camp the narrowed artery kicked up a stink and my heart developed an arrythmia. The top and bottom ventricles got out of sync and thats what put me in hospital.

My cardioligist has now replaced the stent (bizarre to lie there and have them putting this thing in through your femoral artery in your groin and all the way up to your heart - modern science IS amazing), I now understand my meds and their importance and feel SO much better than I have for a long time. The Dr was extremely pleased with the procedure and told me I should should be better than I ever was in a week or 2.

Much of my tiredness in the afternoons and general low feeling could possibly be attributed to the artery narrowing and the heart having to pump harder I think.

if I had NOT been at bootcamp and instead spent another 2 years on the lounge the artery may have closed completely one day and I would have been in a MUCH worse state so in a way its a good thing it happened now instead of in 2 years. Every arrhythmia has a silver lining it seems.

And only a few short months ago something like this would have been my excuse to stop - and now its my impetus to keep going - I LOVE my therapist!

Went to a bike shop yesterday to check out some bikes - rode a bike for the first time over 25 years here at bootcamp and really enjoyed it.

Walked away thinking I WILL buy a bike soon, drove off, stopped and thought "thats just an excuse - buy it now!" and got back just as they were closing up.

So I am now the proud owner of a hybrid (mountain bike/road bike cross) and went for my first spn this moring. 15 k's and about an hour. I am waiting to see if my legs will be sore in the morning emoticon but am already planning my next ride on Tuesday.

I think much of my problem with exercise has not been realising that when it becomes boring e.g. walking every day, you just lose interest. lesson learnt - now where did I see that deep water running session at?

I finish at "fat camp" today a week early as my doctor suggested climbing mountains right now would have to wait a week or 2 but have been given a credit and am booked in for another 2 weeks end of April.

I feel so much more excited about exercise and more determined this time than I have EVER been - life is good :)

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P.S. Thanks SO much to many of you who have been worried about me during this "episode" - all good and lesson learnt definitely! Thanks - you guys rock!
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    How are you doing lately...long time...hope all is going well :D
    2169 days ago
    quote: "the purpose of the medication wasn't explained to me"
    LOL that's Middle Eastern doctors for you. I once went to A&E with a bad stomach infection, vomiting, diarrhoea, the works. The doctor gave me a saline drip for the dehydration and then put an injection into it. Me: "What's that?", him: "Medicine."
    2199 days ago
    Good to hear you are doing better mate!! Take care of yourself.

    2223 days ago
    SO glad you're doing so much better!
    2223 days ago
    So happy to read that you are doing well and emoticon on your new bike and your first spin on it. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself emoticon
    2223 days ago
    Holy smokes I missed your news. I am SOOO glad all is well and you are planning a positive and active future. And biking? Wow that's the best thing ever IMO of course I am a little nutty about biking. Did my first 50mile ride of the season today and got off planning my next... Anyway, I wanted to stop in and say thanks for the encouragement and support you have been giving me. Life is kinda hard right now. Not a lot I can cut out and I'm struggling. I know this will end (semester break in May) and I can make it, but daily life really wears on me. I DO APPRECIATE your nagging and comments. Hugs to you and congrats on the new stent. When I have time I'd love to hear about fat camp. Sounds fun!
    2223 days ago
    Thank you for sharing and I know you will recover completely.
    2224 days ago
  • TRISH579
    Wonderful news, David! Keep up the good work. At this rate, you'll be leaving us all in the dust.
    2224 days ago
    great news David, i am glad that you are okay now. Congrats on your new bike.
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    2224 days ago
    So glad that you are well and out of hospital. Great idea to just go back and get the bike - well done.
    2224 days ago
  • AMYB1985
    I'm so glad you are better, that the silver lining turned out to be so shiny, and that you are really making progress. emoticon Be careful with yourself - we only get one of you!
    2224 days ago
    Good news about the outcome, but sheesh, man, that had to have been a pretty scary situation.

    And a new bike? YES! Good for you. Now get out there and ride it!
    2224 days ago
    Yes, we have to ask our doctors questions and then LISTEN to the answers - novel concept, I know!

    Glad you're feeling so much better, and congrats on the new bike. That sounds like a lot of fun!!
    2224 days ago
    Congrats on your new bike! emoticon
    2224 days ago
    Way to go David !! Love your new bike !!
    Great news on the new stent ...

    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    2224 days ago
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