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Old 03-27-07, 07:10 PM
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My Heart Belongs to Me

<actually, I would have preferred the title to read "Your Heart Belongs to You">

Anyone have their heart ultrasounded? It is the most awesome experience. I had it done yesterday.

Due to a (minor) blip on my EKG on a normal physical, I was refereed to a cardiologist. He said it was probably within range but we should do a stress test anyway.

It started with an ultrasound of my heart, There on the screen I can see this glorious heart muscle pumping life into my body. Each beat was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I vividly recall the exact movement from the beat to the reverberations. I cannot begin to describe the impact of seeing this. I will never take my heart for granted nor ignore its fitness requirements, Those that have had a fetus ultrasound have probably even more feelings about it all as it is a whole new person in there. But I have to say, this really really made an impression on me.

Then I get hooked up to an EKG and a blood pressure cuff put on my arm and off to the treadmill I go. It starts out slowly and I can see the EKG and heart rate on the screen. Heart rate was 70. After 2 minutes, my BP was taken (130/80) and the speed and inclined increased slightly. After 2 minutes my BP was taken (140/80) and the speed and incline increased. Each 2 minutes, a slight increase. After a few more minutes the Doctor asked if I wanted to continue. With all this available to me at the moment, I wanted to get to the highest level of exertion as possible. So I just kept saying I was fine and to keep going. It finally ended at 16% elevation and 6mph. That is as high as the machine would go. My heart rate was the low 150’s. The whole thing took about 20 minutes. One thing I noticed was as the effort increased, both my heart rate and blood pressure increased linearly for the beginning and sort of flattened a little at the end. Also, the heart rate was steady for the entire interval. The machine turned off and they whisked me back to the table and did the ultrasound again. Anyone see ‘American Flyers’? It reminded me of that but I didn’t take it to nearly the level “David” did. I wish I did though.

Bottom line, my heart is perfect. In talking this through, the technician (who was reciting empirical experiences) and the Doctor, the answer to a healthy heart is to work it and work it hard. The heart cannot become as strong as you may want it if it isn’t worked. There is a whole science of how long to spend in various heart rate zones that deal with weight loss/performance/etc. I never spent much time studying that but I can tell you, you want to make sure you press it to its maximum regularly if you want a nice strong heart.

One thing I want to add about the technician, he does these things all day every day and said that the strength of the heart does not seem to be tied to weight, more about the fitness level. He said he has had some rather large people but who did vigorous exercise, and their hearts put out healthy pumps. He has had some skinny guys but who were not in shape and the heart really had to work to feed the meager requirements. Being overweight is hard on different parts of the body but if you want a healthy heart, you need to be fit!!

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So there is hope for me?


Glad you're perfect JimmBoy!..Stay that way!
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I thought you meant to me (as in M.E.) But now that I've read it, I applaud your fitness level, Jim, but am not the least bit surprised by it! You're freaky fast and an amazing rider (in all respects). Cycling keeps you young and in excellent shape which is why I hope to always have the ability to do it. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
So there is hope for me?


Glad you're perfect JimmBoy!..Stay that way!
lol, thanks BB!!
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Originally Posted by merider1
I thought you meant to me (as in M.E.) But now that I've read it, I applaud your fitness level, Jim, but am not the least bit surprised by it! You're freaky fast and an amazing rider (in all respects). Cycling keeps you young and in excellent shape which is why I hope to always have the ability to do it. Thanks for sharing.
m.e. goes without saying

Since I don't write very well, the point I was really trying to make is how moved I was actually seeing my heart work and how I will not take it for granted. I think similar circumstances would make most feel that way.

Oh, ...thanks
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Originally Posted by thomson
m.e. goes without saying

Since I don't write very well, the point I was really trying to make is how moved I was actually seeing my heart work and how I will not take it for granted. I think similar circumstances would make most feel that way.

Oh, ...thanks
Huh? Why would you say you don't write well. It's very well written. I got what you were saying.
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Nice post I will be doing another stress test shortly due to an oddity on my EKG. Did this a couple of years ago when I started riding again. I went to a large practice and there were about 8 other people there at the same time. All but a couple of people talked about how hard it was to do the treadmill. When I got there no problem, I didn't make it all the way to the end I went 16 minutes+ and my knee started to give out and I had to stop. Honestly though I was close to done I don't think I could have done the next step up. Did you get the radioactive dye injection ? That was way kewl to see the 3d image of the vessels in my heart.

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Originally Posted by shog
Nice post I will be doing another stress test shortly due to an oddity on my EKG. Did this a couple of years ago when I started riding again. I went to a large practice and there were about 8 other people there at the same time. All but a couple of people talked about how hard it was to do the treadmill. When I got there no problem, I didn't make it all the way to the end I went 16 minutes+ and my knee started to give out and I had to stop. Honestly though I was close to done I don't think I could have done the next step up. Did you get the radioactive dye injection ? That was way kewl to see the 3d image of the vessels in my heart.

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I did not do the dye as my anomaly was electrical not vascular. What they wanted to see was if the pump was affected. I imagine seeing the vessels in action would have been fantastic. The sonogram did utilize Doppler to determine the blood direction in the heart and colored it appropriately to demonstrate the flow. Nothing like the dye I am sure.
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I had my heart ultrasound in October. Yes I have to admit it is fascinating to watch. The technician kept getting mad at me as I was suppose to stay still but I kept moving around so I could see the screen and apparently while watching my heart my heart rate went up and stuff so the technician made me lay back down (darn). Good news for me as well - for an old, fat woman the heart is nice and healthy, working on all cylinders! I attribute it all to cycling.
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Talked to my Dr today and he said again "no cycling until your cardio test".
He explain that I have "T wave Inversion" and he don't know why so need to get a stress check. I was on the phone with the Dr while at work and few people told me that if I cycle to work they will break my bike! (not kidding, this people aperently like me). BTW, I did cycle to work today but I will not do it again until Next Wed. when my stress test should take place. It very hard for me not to ride because I enjoy it so much, so I will ride a short (~30miles) ride in the weekend too.
After reading this thred, I am actually looking forward for the test and hope it is nothing and I can cycle freely again.
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incredible post :sighs:

...thank you for sharing Jim.
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Originally Posted by Shprung
Talked to my Dr today and he said again "no cycling until your cardio test".
He explain that I have "T wave Inversion" and he don't know why so need to get a stress check. I was on the phone with the Dr while at work and few people told me that if I cycle to work they will break my bike! (not kidding, this people aperently like me). BTW, I did cycle to work today but I will not do it again until Next Wed. when my stress test should take place. It very hard for me not to ride because I enjoy it so much, so I will ride a short (~30miles) ride in the weekend too.
After reading this thred, I am actually looking forward for the test and hope it is nothing and I can cycle freely again.
Shai, having met you, ridden with you and laughed with you, my deepest wish is to have you back out on your bike too, with that infectious smile and spirit. You are going to be fine, but please do stay off your bike and take it easy. Better to be safe! Keep us posted and please keep your spirits up. We all want you out riding with us.
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Originally Posted by Shprung
Talked to my Dr today and he said again "no cycling until your cardio test".
He explain that I have "T wave Inversion" and he don't know why so need to get a stress check. I was on the phone with the Dr while at work and few people told me that if I cycle to work they will break my bike! (not kidding, this people aperently like me). BTW, I did cycle to work today but I will not do it again until Next Wed. when my stress test should take place. It very hard for me not to ride because I enjoy it so much, so I will ride a short (~30miles) ride in the weekend too.
After reading this thred, I am actually looking forward for the test and hope it is nothing and I can cycle freely again.
Shai, I don't know what a "T wave Inversion" is but good luck with your tests and the results. I am sure everything will be fine and you will learn a great deal from this experience. You are young and fit so you have everything going for you
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Originally Posted by buck65
incredible post :sighs:

...thank you for sharing Jim.
Tony, I think the most incredible thing is how I took my heart for granted. To see it actually work changed all of that.
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I want a 64 slice CT scan...
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