Hard to Beat Bad Genetics

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 ...

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    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.

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    Glad to hear that you are doing well now.

    Excellent words of advice to us all.
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    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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    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.
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    Glad you had a check up! Good luck!
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    Glad you're okay. Take care!!

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    Hey, Ron.

    Glad you are okay. Keep hanging in there.

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    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.

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    Good advice. Keep fighting the good fight.

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    Yep, a lot of what we are is inherited.
    Also glad that you're doing fine now and that you had that caught in time.

    But, just FYI nothing beats a really good steak every once in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    But, just FYI nothing beats a really good steak every once in a while.
    Actually....I did the vegetarian thing for over ten years because of religion, but when I decided to join the military I realized that I would have to start eating meat again. One of the things they don't tell you () is that once you've been a veg for a while your body stops making the enzymes to digest meat based proteins. Once I started eating meat I was sick every time for almost three months.

    Now flash forward four years later I love a good steak and beer.

    'Course I still do need it cooked well done.
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