30 minutes of stretching, balance and light weights,
it felt good to restart my exercise routine after
suffering with a cold for several weeks. Arriving
at the Park, I found it alive with joggers, walkers
and motherís pushing babies in social work-out
groups. I reset my timer to 00.00.00 and began to
walk slower than before, since I felt a little out
Reaching a pedestrian
gate, I began to jog at my usual landmark.
Previously, I had run 14 segments with intermittent
walking. However, after about 100 meters, I began
experiencing an ache in both shoulders which I
attributed to several home improvement projects.
Eventually, the discomfort subsided, but I only ran
6 segments and walked the remainder of the 5 Km
On subsequent Park
visits, the aching became painful at times, but
always went away with a slower pace. My wife became
very concerned, when the aching started as soon as I
began walking. On that particular day, I only
walked 500 meters before giving up. I knew that
something wasnít right, but my discomfort was both
upper arms and not just my left!
Later that day, while
watching a Saturday hockey game on TV, the ache
became extremely painful and it finally got my
undivided attention! My symptoms were no longer
attributed to strained muscles, and we immediately
headed to the ER at Enloe Medical Center.
To make a long story
short, my right coronary artery was 90% occluded!
On Sunday morning an excellent cardiology team
inserted a catheter through my femoral artery in my
right groin to gain access to my struggling heart.
BTW, this is a painless procedure and I was allowed
to watch the entire process.
After injecting a radio
opaque die in to the blood, my heart problem became
obvious. There it was, an occluded right coronary
artery. The cardiologist opened the artery by
inflating a balloon to push back the plaque and
inserted a stent to keep the artery open. Once the
stent was in place, all discomfort was immediately
I am extremely
fortunate that I went to the ER when I did. I could
have gone sooner, but the GOOD NEWS is that I did
not have a Heart Attack! In other words, I did
not damage the heart muscle! So, I am now in
Cardiac Rehabilitation for 12 weeks or 36 sessions and I invite you
to come along as I share my experience in future
Trax News articles.
See You in Rehab!