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Old 07-06-13, 11:19 PM
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I guess it is that time of life.

I was just on a working trip to Kelowna BC which is only a 3.5 hour drive to Vancouver which is where I grew up. I went out for a couple of drinks at a local watering hole with some long time friends and found one had a quadruple bypass last year, one had several stints inserted, one had a heart attack today requiring several defibs and just had a 4 stints inserted.

I did two rides on the trip, 220km and 12000 ft vertical. Nearing the summit of the second climb I felt a little dizzy but holy tachycardia. Even the Garmin was showing 220 HR. Saw a doctor in Kelowna have an appointment with a cariologist in Toronto on Monday.

Two years ago I was advised I had less than a 2% chance of a cardiac event in the next 20 years by the Cleveland Clinic. I feel pretty good but seeing my fat friends suffering had me a little spooked!
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And your friends were probably wondering what your secret is.
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And your friends were probably wondering what your secret is.
They were probably wondering what I am still chasing! They have known me as a life long cyclist.
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Several years ago, I had lunch with a couple of MD's and the discussion turned to the vissicitudes of life, such as sudden death, and trivial symptoms that are a harbinger of a serious disease. The conclusion of our conversation was that old chestnut to live life every day to the fullest.

As we were leaving, the surgeon, a marathon runner said, "Well, any day with a run in it is a good day for me." I was already a serious cyclist for many years, but it suddenly clicked for me; any day with a ride in it is a good day for me.

Ever since then, I make a definite effort to ride my bike every day and I'm lucky to have a nice year-round cycle commute. Cycling is great that way. It gives you the cardiovascular protective effects, it is a utilitarian transportation modality, and it is a fun way to make it a good day.

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i have a profession that tends to shorten the life span. Watching people around me keeps me motivated to remain active. i like living in a Peterbilt but i don't want to die in one

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Lifestyle makes all the difference. Exercise by itself is not enough--you have to maintain a healthy diet. Since I live near Philadelphia, Pa., I am always reminded of the cautionary tale of local hero, John Kelly, Jr. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Kelly,_Jr.). Kelly was the brother of Grace Kelly, the actress who later became Princess of Monaco. John Kelly, Jr. followed in his father's footsteps and became a champion sculler. He competed in three Olympics (1948, 1952, and 1956). He won a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. One would expect that someone who participated in such a tough cardiovascular sport like rowing would be protected from a heart attack, but one would be wrong. Kelly died of a heart attack in 1985 at the age of 57 while jogging back to The Athletic Club after his customary early morning row on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
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I had a heart attack while riding in November 2000 at 46 YO. It probably only happened as I was doing long max effort racing my daughter up a steep hill. During the cardiac cath they had trouble finding the clogged artery as the doctor said my heart looked like a 25 YO's. If was a small, out of the way artery that clogged for some unknown reason and they couldn't even get to it to do a stent. So I live with it.

My cardiologist says that my excellent collateral circulation from exercising probably covered up the problem. She also said that aerobic activity, by itself, probably doesn't prevent heart attacks, but it definitely makes them much more survivable.
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Lifestyle makes all the difference. Exercise by itself is not enough--you have to maintain a healthy diet.
Jim Fixx (the author of 'The Complete Book of Running'), I think, has to be the poster boy for the importance of a healthy diet, as he mistakenly thought that fitness equated to heart health, and that diet didn't matter as long as you logged enough miles. Clearly, he was wrong. The unfortunate thing with heart disease is that all too often the only warning is a fatal heart attack.
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Genetics plays a huge role in cancer or heart disease.
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i have a profession that tends to shorten the life span. Watching people around me keeps me motivated to remain active. i like living in a Peterbilt but i don't want to die in one
Sounds like we share the same profession, and yes, staying healthy is a real challenge.
Do you carry a bike with you?
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Sounds like we share the same profession, and yes, staying healthy is a real challenge.
Do you carry a bike with you?
Yes, i have to much stuff behind the cab to fit my MTB, so i got a folder that rides in the closet. i've ridden it in 4 states so far.... i've seem too many truckers die in their 50's not to mention all the diabetics that i see. That is my motivation to not go out like that. got my LDL down just by paying attention to what i eat, but Blood Pressure is prolly going to be something i watch for the rest of my days.
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Yes, i have to much stuff behind the cab to fit my MTB, so i got a folder that rides in the closet. i've ridden it in 4 states so far.... i've seem too many truckers die in their 50's not to mention all the diabetics that i see. That is my motivation to not go out like that. got my LDL down just by paying attention to what i eat, but Blood Pressure is prolly going to be something i watch for the rest of my days.
I carry a full size bike on the upper bunk in a Cascadia. Get 13 more posts, and you can PM.
We can compare cycling trails. I know some good ones, you probably do too.
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I carry a full size bike on the upper bunk in a Cascadia. Get 13 more posts, and you can PM.
We can compare cycling trails. I know some good ones, you probably do too.
Yes i'm working on a list..... Can't get Mtb in bunk. Cab and sleeper are separate so opening is small behind seats.

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Yes i'm working on a list..... Can't get Mtb in bunk. Cab and sleeper are separate so opening is small
Well, that`s one advantage of the modern disposable trucks. Lot`s of room to maneuver and stash stuff.
What area of the continent do you spend most of your time in ?
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mid west to northwest or southwest and back. Elogs and new Hours of Service nonsense has really given me time to sit, so having a bike is more for the sanity than the health.
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I can't tell when I'm going, but the question does enter my mind from time to time. I guess biking is about one of the best ways to do something about lenghtening our time here on earth. I also try and watch my diet as best I can (that is probably my weak point).
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mid west to northwest or southwest and back. Elogs and new Hours of Service nonsense has really given me time to sit, so having a bike is more for the sanity than the health.
The new HOS don't affect me much because I don't often reset on the road. I work 7 on, 7 off, so I'm usually home before I hit 70.
Not on e logs yet, but will be before the year is out.
Spend quite a lot of time in midwest US. Might get hooked up some day.
Sorry to highjack the thread jdon.
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The new HOS don't affect me much because I don't often reset on the road. I work 7 on, 7 off, so I'm usually home before I hit 70.
Not on e logs yet, but will be before the year is out.
Spend quite a lot of time in midwest US. Might get hooked up some day.
Sorry to highjack the thread jdon.
I am not a stickler for thread direction. Conversations take many twists! Carry on amigo.
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friend of mine told me if you make it past 55 you're beyond the sudden death risk period
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friend of mine told me if you make it past 55 you're beyond the sudden death risk period
Sounds like something he might have read on the internet. Guess it must be true then.
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friend of mine told me if you make it past 55 you're beyond the sudden death risk period
Oh great. So you're saying I'll now have some long-suffering, drawn-out affair? Thanks a million.

Celebrated 56 last month. Makes me the first male in three generations on my dad's side of the family to make it past 55 without an MI. I'm not resting on any laurels, since on my mom's side of the family, every male in the last two generations has died from an MI, one as early as 43.

Still, as Jim From Boston suggests, I do my level best to live every day like it's my last.
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I am not a stickler for thread direction. Conversations take many twists! Carry on amigo.
Thanks. Hope your tests turn out OK.
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Jim Fixx (the author of 'The Complete Book of Running'), I think, has to be the poster boy for the importance of a healthy diet, as he mistakenly thought that fitness equated to heart health, and that diet didn't matter as long as you logged enough miles. Clearly, he was wrong. The unfortunate thing with heart disease is that all too often the only warning is a fatal heart attack.
Maybe. I think it has more to do with how the person having the heart attack reacts to the symptoms. I had one in my early 40s prior to bike riding. Obviously, it wasn't fatal, but it was a warning.
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I had a heart attack while riding in November 2000 at 46 YO. It probably only happened as I was doing long max effort racing my daughter up a steep hill. During the cardiac cath they had trouble finding the clogged artery as the doctor said my heart looked like a 25 YO's. If was a small, out of the way artery that clogged for some unknown reason and they couldn't even get to it to do a stent. So I live with it.

My cardiologist says that my excellent collateral circulation from exercising probably covered up the problem. She also said that aerobic activity, by itself, probably doesn't prevent heart attacks, but it definitely makes them much more survivable.
Mine was similar. Just a bit younger but apart from sailing, no significant physical activity at that point. No clear sign of what caused it during the angiogram. No stent. Trivial heart muscle damage. No post-event treatment other than daily aspirin.
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…Cycling is great that way. It gives you the cardiovascular protective effects, it is a utilitarian transportation modality, and it is a fun way to make it a good day.

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Lifestyle makes all the difference. Exercise by itself is not enough--you have to maintain a healthy diet…

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…I guess biking is about one of the best ways to do something about lenghtening our time here on earth. I also try and watch my diet as best I can (that is probably my weak point).
All things being equal, it's probably better to exercise than not. Personally for me I would likely not find the time or inclination to do other vigorous but inconvenient and mostly boring cardiovascular exercises like running, aerobics, much less sculling, even though cycling is much more time-consuming than others.

Nonetheless, I agree diet is important, and I find that the more I ride, the better I adhere to a healthy diet.
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