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6 minutes ago, Prince said:

i am 55 now. After Cairns 70.3 in 2017, i started to feel some pain in my jaw when i was running, not severe but more like you feel on a really cold day. It  happened again a few days later. Went to my GP who sent me to a specialist for a stress test. It didn't occur on the treadmill but they said i needed an angiogram. (i was shattered and scared). Had a stent and have to take some blood pressure meds as well as a small dose of a pill that lowers heart rate.

There's a lesson here for everyone - know your body.

I've had two embolisms and both times the symptoms were almost undetectable. I just knew I wasn't quite right. Both times the Drs were amazed as most people with PE end up writhing in pain (or dead).

Most people here would have a good idea of what 'normal' feels like and of what their body's capable. Anything outside the norm should be considered and perhaps checked.

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7 minutes ago, trinube said:

There's a lesson here for everyone - know your body.

I've had two embolisms and both times the symptoms were almost undetectable. I just knew I wasn't quite right. Both times the Drs were amazed as most people with PE end up writhing in pain (or dead).

Most people here would have a good idea of what 'normal' feels like and of what their body's capable. Anything outside the norm should be considered and perhaps checked.

yeah, i was lucky to immediately start walking when it occurred and have the sense to go to the GP, but equally just as lucky that the GP was a good one and knew to send me to a specialist. 

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4 hours ago, trinube said:

There's a lesson here for everyone - know your body.

I've had two embolisms and both times the symptoms were almost undetectable. I just knew I wasn't quite right. Both times the Drs were amazed as most people with PE end up writhing in pain (or dead).

Most people here would have a good idea of what 'normal' feels like and of what their body's capable. Anything outside the norm should be considered and perhaps checked.

One Dr said that to us too - he said you guys know your bodies, and also often train with HR monitors, so know when something is wrong.  Most couch potatoes can't tell the difference and just have a massive heart attack.  My wife also checks her BP regularly at home.

The latest - angiogram in Tamworth but not till Aug 8th, but earlier if they get a cancellation!  If they find a blockage, a stent right away I think.

To retract some of my earlier rant, both Tamworth & Armidale hospitals have rung her a lot today to see how she is going. And said the first hint of pain, ring an ambulance.

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Alot of people i know have had the cardiac ct and calcium score... almost a right of passage  when getting around 50 for health conscious people in these parts.  

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13 hours ago, trinube said:

Most people here would have a good idea of what 'normal' feels like and of what their body's capable. Anything outside the norm should be considered and perhaps checked.

Yep agree totally, when you're fit and 'in-tune' with your body you definitely know when something's wrong.

Unfortunately for me I've had a run of issues over the past couple of months and am totally out of whack with how I'm feeling.  At the moment I'm doing stuff all training and am still feeling pretty ordinary...  I just can't seem to pinpoint the problem myself.  Hopefully I'll get some answers from the experts soon.

PS - How come there's so many of you competitive old buggers in my age group? (55) :lol:

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12 hours ago, Go Easy said:

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PS - How come there's so many of you competitive old buggers in my age group? (55) :lol:

 

The vestiges of the first wave of Aust triathletes from the 80's (when we were fit young things, got into tries and never had much time for "bad habits")

LOL

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50 minutes ago, trifun said:

when we were fit young things, got into tries and never had much time for "bad habits"

Speak for yourself about those bad habits. :)

But I was going to say the same thing. 55yr old now relates to early 20's in the early days of Tri's here.

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21 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Speak for yourself about those bad habits. :)

But I was going to say the same thing. 55yr old now relates to early 20's in the early days of Tri's here.

You old fart you, I'm only 54.

Does chocolate count as a bad habit? if so I'm screwed...

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Just spoke to my wife's doctor.

He was pissed the hospital sent her home, ticking time bomb he reckons.  Just got to hope nothing goes wrong before Tuesday now.  Like me, he's pretty sure they'll find a blockage.

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On 28/07/2019 at 1:03 PM, trifun said:

Does chocolate count as a bad habit? if so I'm screwed...

No.

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39 minutes ago, ComfortablyNumb said:

Just spoke to my wife's doctor.

He was pissed the hospital sent her home, ticking time bomb he reckons.  Just got to hope nothing goes wrong before Tuesday now.  Like me, he's pretty sure they'll find a blockage.

Gee that's good news to know.  Not good the block.

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1 hour ago, Peter said:

Gee that's good news to know.  Not good the block.

She's back on the windtrainer 🙄, got to start getting a bit of bike time in prep for her tour on Vietnam in Nov.  HR must stay below 100, which GP says is OK.

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Just had all the usual 50yo tests and the GP picked up a very slight heart murmur.   Results from the ultra sound showed a slight case of "athletes heart" with an enlarged left ventricle.
Nothing to worry about currently but likely a result of the last year's training for Port Mac IM.

If I was going to continue doing IM the GP would want to keep an eye on it for further changes. 

Interesting ( not really unexpected) that I really only got in to endurance events 6-7 years ago, I don't do IM every year ( 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019) with alternate years much less aerobic volume yet still show the evidence.  I think I'd be in trouble with a longer history and year in year out IM's though!

Heart murmur also turned out to be "innocent".  No cause for it, no concern.

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The latest IM talk podcast 679 talks about the tests you should take. Starts about 45 mins in.

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The GP & surgeon would have bet their houses on it, but no blockage!

Kidney dopler test today to see if renal arteries are causing her hypertension, but they are good too.

Next stop an echocardiogram to check out the valves etc.

We ran together the other day & something is def wrong.  I've hardly run for 6yrs, but was doing it pretty easy, she was really struggling and had been winning her AG in 5km runs (Gold Coast, Hobart) in the past 12mths. 

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This investigative stuff can take a while, and still the problem may not raise is had when they're looking!  Really hope it all goes well CN.

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1 hour ago, ComfortablyNumb said:

The GP & surgeon would have bet their houses on it, but no blockage!

Kidney dopler test today to see if renal arteries are causing her hypertension, but they are good too.

Next stop an echocardiogram to check out the valves etc.

We ran together the other day & something is def wrong.  I've hardly run for 6yrs, but was doing it pretty easy, she was really struggling and had been winning her AG in 5km runs (Gold Coast, Hobart) in the past 12mths. 

Have they reviewed her medication? If she’s on any that is.

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1 hour ago, Cat Lady said:

Have they reviewed her medication? If she’s on any that is.

Not really, and yes she is - low dose statins 20mg (which the cardiac said was too low given her family history, and she should be on 80mg & our kids should be on statins too! that was until the angiogram came back with no blockage and he went off that topic).  Also when the problem started a month ago they put her on blood pressure meds.  And she also takes Remifemin for menopause symptoms.  But she has been wondering about her meds.

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Remifemin is a herbal product which has not been fully researched and tested.  Excessive tiredness Dizziness and breathlessness are a few of the side effects.  It is also know as black cohosh.  It can also interact negatively with standard medications.  I’d be looking at possible interactions with meds, as well as the tests recommended.  Just saw it can also cause reduced heart rate and excessive sweating.

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A few more side effects
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7 hours ago, Blacky said:

The latest IM talk podcast 679 talks about the tests you should take. Starts about 45 mins in.

That and the one before were a good listen.

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Finally (after almost 2 years of waiting...!) I've got a Guernsey for this:

Catheter ablation is a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats. Destroying this tissue helps restore your heart’s regular rhythm. The procedure is also called radiofrequency ablation.

I can't wait to run and ride again at full revs without the inevitable yucky-in-the-chest feeling!! :)

Anyone else done/doing it?

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Just now, Pete said:

Finally (after almost 2 years of waiting...!) I've got a Guernsey for this:

Catheter ablation is a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats. Destroying this tissue helps restore your heart’s regular rhythm. The procedure is also called radiofrequency ablation.

What is it they're treating? Our GM has SVT (Supraventricular tachycardia) and he's desperately trying to find a fix.

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3 hours ago, Pete said:

Finally (after almost 2 years of waiting...!) I've got a Guernsey for this:

Catheter ablation is a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats. Destroying this tissue helps restore your heart’s regular rhythm. The procedure is also called radiofrequency ablation.

I can't wait to run and ride again at full revs without the inevitable yucky-in-the-chest feeling!! :)

Anyone else done/doing it?

Wow. All the best Pete. When do you get the treatment?

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10 hours ago, Surfer said:

Wow. All the best Pete. When do you get the treatment?

Monday week - I'll give an update when I recover and start training again - I've got a lot of "before" information (ie last 2 years or more of runs, rides etc) and will hopefully have at least another 2 afterwards! :)

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On 15/08/2019 at 4:06 PM, Pete said:

Finally (after almost 2 years of waiting...!) I've got a Guernsey for this:

Catheter ablation is a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats. Destroying this tissue helps restore your heart’s regular rhythm. The procedure is also called radiofrequency ablation.

I can't wait to run and ride again at full revs without the inevitable yucky-in-the-chest feeling!! :)

Anyone else done/doing it?

Had it done in late March mate... can share any stories and answer a bunch of questions if need.

I had four and a half months of bliss.... and then it shat itself again a fortnight ago. Off to the cardiologist next Friday to work out next steps....

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35 minutes ago, Steno said:

Had it done in late March mate... can share any stories and answer a bunch of questions if need.

I had four and a half months of bliss.... and then it shat itself again a fortnight ago. Off to the cardiologist next Friday to work out next steps....

All the best for Friday x

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