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    They come in threes.....

    I've been riding with a friend of mine for the past twelve or so years, both road and mountain.

    We've both carried extra weight on and off but I've managed to keep the weight
    below 200 pounds for about four years now (last weighed around 184-ish).

    The last two years my friend has had serious issues keeping up with me but we believed
    that this was because I was going to spin classes 3-5x a week over the winters...

    This summer when we were riding he was feeling shortness of breath while riding and
    went into the doctor on my wifes' haranging to get a checkup. The last time we went
    on a road ride he had to stop at one point because he was about to pass out and he
    hadn't gained THAT much weight but I think we both could stand to lose a few.
    We cut the ride short

    After a stress test and several other things it was found he had 70-90% blockage
    in one artery and 99% blockage in another! He could have died on the ride and
    he's only 41 years old.....

    He's had a couple of stents put in and we went out on a ride after he was cleared
    to exercise and went whipping past the point where he had to rest doing better
    than 28 miles an hour!

    Then a friend of mine calls me up, he's not a rider but he is about my age (we're
    both 4 years older than our friend with the stents) and he goes "so, how do you
    know if you're having a heart attack or not? I've had chest pain for three days
    and wonder what the deal is" I'm like HUH? "Get yourself checked!". We bring
    him into urgent care and get him checked out and after an EKG and some other
    things they find out he's probably got some pre-hypertensive symptoms but is
    really suffering from some esophogeal irritation. No caffeine or spicy food for a
    while and lose some weight.

    I think "thank goodness this is all over"......I get a call from my wife who says that
    this guy we have renting one of our rooms had been raking leaves for five or six
    hours the previous day and was feeling tightness in his chest and basically chest
    pain, at age 36!! I'm thinking "not again!" They take him into the hospital from
    his work and it turns out that he just overdid it and needed to get some rest or
    he'd get walking pneumonia (he's the type of guy who never takes care of
    himself).

    Anyway, I look at these as warnings "take care of yourself or you could be in the ER".

    Geez.

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    I never took care of myself. I also had some chest concerns, but a stress test and electrocardiogram came out clean so here I am 4 months later and past 1,500 miles on the road bike.

    If in doubt. Check it out.
    Old enough to know better and old enough to forget that I do.

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    Indeed.

    The conclusion was that after all of this I had a physical and came thru just fine.

    They want to retest my thyroid but after my MD bro-in-law saw my results
    he felt they were excellent and that the thyroid was marginally low abnormal
    and that could have been due to stress or any number of factors.

    I was a bit sad to find out my hematocrit was 43, a far cry from the 48s and 49s
    that tour riders have. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliensporebomb View Post
    Indeed.

    The conclusion was that after all of this I had a physical and came thru just fine.

    They want to retest my thyroid but after my MD bro-in-law saw my results
    he felt they were excellent and that the thyroid was marginally low abnormal
    and that could have been due to stress or any number of factors.

    I was a bit sad to find out my hematocrit was 43, a far cry from the 48s and 49s
    that tour riders have. Sigh.
    In the last couple of years I've become a huge advocate for regular check ups. I went 4 years between doctor visits for anything other than ortho problems, and it was foolish and selfish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliensporebomb View Post
    I get a call from my wife who says that
    this guy we have renting one of our rooms had been raking leaves for five or six
    hours the previous day
    Wow, that's a lot of leaves in one small room...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    Wow, that's a lot of leaves in one small room...
    Probably one of those #*+! Ficus trees. I hate those things.

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