Hard to Beat Bad Genetics
This is a discussion on Hard to Beat Bad Genetics within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Well, I had a real surprise last week. Went for my annualstress/echo test(my cardiologist is watching my aortic valve which has stenosis) and while I ...
July 31st, 2007 05:36 PM
Hard to Beat Bad Genetics
Well, I had a real surprise last week. Went for my annualstress/echo test(my cardiologist is watching my aortic valve which has stenosis) and while I was on the treadmill the EKG for the first time showed some abnormal readings, and he thought from the echogram that my valve had worsened. So, he decided to do a heart catheter, and to his and my surprise he discovered that one of my main cononary arteries was 95% blocked. They decided to put a stent in the artery to open it up.
Now, I thought that I was doing everthing right: I am a vegetarian, keep my weight down and work out like crazy. What I learned from this experience, and want to share, is that even though you may be doing eveyrthing you should you simply can't beat bad genetics over the long term(My dad and uncle both died early of heart attacks).
So, if you also have some bad genetics, and like me, think that because you exercise, watch what you eat, etc., you are immune from the family medical history, please rethink this and get to the doctor on a regular basis.
And, by the way, I am fine now.
"It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
J. R. R. Tolkien
July 31st, 2007 06:09 PM
Glad to hear that you are doing well now.
Excellent words of advice to us all.
"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
July 31st, 2007 06:11 PM
Good thing Ron you had that check-up..... better still you got the stent!!!
Scary business getting old and yeah - the old genes do have a part to play for many of us. Stay safe.
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July 31st, 2007 07:16 PM
Thank God you are OK.
And folks, go the Doctor for those checkups- even if you FEEL great AND do all the right things.
It can save your life.
"...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."
Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.
July 31st, 2007 07:41 PM
Glad you had a check up! Good luck!
July 31st, 2007 10:14 PM
Glad you're okay. Take care!!
July 31st, 2007 11:01 PM
Glad you are okay. Keep hanging in there.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliott
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
July 31st, 2007 11:19 PM
Lucky guy! Pick some lottery numbers and send them to me.
If the artery was the LAD or Left Anterior Descending, then you had what they call "widow maker". Bad news. You are an amazingly blessed person to have gotten this fixed before you had symptoms.
Good luck with your recovery.
August 1st, 2007 01:22 AM
Good advice. Keep fighting the good fight.
August 1st, 2007 01:57 AM
August 1st, 2007 06:12 AM
It takes a college degree to break'em;
and a high school education to fix'em!
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