Any survivors on here, cardiac arrest, heart attack, cancer....

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Colin_P, 8 Sep 2014.

  1. flatflr

    flatflr Über Member

    Just over here
    Quick update:

    On the advice of my Dr I've been doing some very light turbo sessions keeping my heart rate below 80bpm over the last few weeks (I found easy to control the heart rate on the turbo and wanted to get back in the saddle especially as I'd just had a bike fit done).

    Last week I had my first Cardiac Rehab session with some very light exercises (picked up a good warm-up routine). Had some good chats with the trainer and the cardiac nurse and they've said I'm good to get back out running and riding as long as I take it easy. So I headed out for my first ride since my heart attack on Saturday, a very relaxed and flat 11 miles. Felt really good to be back on the bike:smile:

    Going to take it easy with more relaxed turbo session and a few short slow runs.
  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Got it confirmed in writing, that I've been referred back, to be referred onto another specialist with regards the leak.

    MRI scans show "a cavity", further investigation will be done under another specialist. Referral has been made, so possibly next year?

    Glad that it was classed as urgent. Nine months and counting.
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  3. JtB

    JtB Executive Rooster

    North Hampshire
    About 3 years ago and “out of the blue” my heart kept stopping every time I fell asleep. Within a 24 hour period it had happened over a dozen times. I went to A&E a couple of times and they couldn’t find anything wrong, so each time they sent me home. Then about 11pm my wife took me back to A&E and dug her heels in so they were left with no choice other than to check me in for the night and wire me up to their monitors. As soon as I fell asleep I set off their alarms and they saw that my normal heart activity was stopping for about 40 seconds, so about midnight they wheeled me up to the cardiac ward. Knowing what I then knew I was too afraid to drop off to sleep again, so I stayed awake all night until I was seen by the doctor doing the rounds the following day (who I later found out wasn’t even a cardiologist). He had a load of students following in his wake and his expert diagnosis was that I had simply fainted during the night, nothing too concerning. By then I was feeling a bit miffed with the system so I decided to fall asleep again before the doctor had finished doing his rounds and when I came round he was there white as a sheet giving his students a completely different diagnosis. I don’t think the doctor was liked much because behind his back the nurses were giving me the “thumbs up” and telling me “excellent timing”. Later that day I received a pacemaker but not before falling asleep and setting off all the alarms one more time.
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  4. slow scot

    slow scot Well-Known Member

    Check my CC name for an answer! Just keep getting out.
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  5. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    appointment sunday 26th November at Salford royal to review my broken neck, c4 fracture
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  6. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Will you be going as well?
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    They never like being proved wrong.

    In A&E, many years ago, left arm had somehow moved and was now hanging down the side of the bed. I've got to assume he didn't like the colour, pulled the sheet up over my head, whilst shouting about me being left there.

    It was at this point that I moved, pulling the sheet back down. The doctor moved a bit quicker though.
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  8. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Appointment came Thursday, for the end of next month.
    The following day it was cancelled.

    Anyone know how much CSF you have & how much you can "safely loose"?
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  9. OP

    Colin_P Veteran

    Don't know but if I were you I'd be eating plenty of raspberry jelly to top it back up. Birds trifle is also probably quite good too. :hugs:
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  10. flatflr

    flatflr Über Member

    Just over here
    Another update from me.

    It's now 3 months (to the day) after I had my "event" and ended up in the West Berks Cardiac Care Ward. I've completed phase 3 of my rehab with a great team from the Great Western Hospital (while I live in Berks I transferred my rehab to Wiltshire as it's closer to work (who have been fantastic)). Rehab consisted of a 6 week program starting with some light level exercise getting harder as one progressed, and shorts talks about cardiac health and generally looking after yourself. During the rehab I also built up my own training (with the knowledge and approval of the rehab team) so that I'm now getting back to where I was before it all happened (7 mile runs or 30 mins fairly hard on the turbo, up to twice each per week), with a much better diet and no smoking.

    Looking forward to really getting back into it in the new year and have a few challenges planned:smile:
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  11. Been working hard regaining my cardio fitness as a consequence of last years surgery enforced lay off. Lots of running, shortish distances by and large, done at a fair lick, with a weekly longer run at a more sensible pace. RHR of 38. Ding dong!
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  12. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Well-Known Member

    I had a blood test on Tuesday and got called in to the surgery yesterday. Never a good sign :laugh:

    Fortunately the news was pretty positive overall - my kidney and liver function is now completely normal again :okay: Only took 18 months haha. The reason he needed to talk to me was despite the extra exercise and improved diet my lipids are still all over the shop :rolleyes: As a result I've been put on Atorvastatin for the foreseeable future - not the end of the world, just hoping i dont see any of the side effects...

    When I got home I phoned my dad for a chat and he told me he was about my age when he started taking statins and that both he and mum are both on atorvastatin now - They're both fit and healthy so I guess I'm just genetically predisposed to high blood fats :huh:
  13. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Very similar with me. My dad had high cholesterol, and I had high cholesterol even when I was on a vegan diet (with no dietary cholesterol at all), so it seems genetic in my family. The good news for me is that I've suffered no side effects at all after 10 years on Atorvastatin - and if your mum and dad are both on it with no problems, the chances look pretty good for you too.
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  14. Lien Sdrawde

    Lien Sdrawde Senior Member

    Just came across this thread and I wonder if anyone can help.
    A couple of years ago, I resuscitated a cyclist at Manchester velodrome by the side of the track.
    Luckily two of the young lads who worked there had had 1st aid training and got a defib machine by his side by the time I'd managed to get round the track and jump off a bike with no brakes.
    Also, very luckily for the chap in trouble, I am a qualified nurse who had been involved in several other resuscitations - I say very lucky cos this was no ordinary resus, and the only reason he is alive is because I recognised a major problem, and was able to resolve it quickly.
    I got quite a lot of the chaps blood in my mouth as he has collapsed full frontal onto his face - and obviously I wanted to meet him to see how he was ( I was told he recovered well), but I also wanted to check if he had any blood borne diseases, given the amount of his blood I got in my mouth - sadly the velodrome would not give me his details, but they said they had written to him and he said he had no known infections etc - I got the feeling the the velodrome management were trying to keep things quiet in case of bad publicity, though that is just a feeling and I could be wrong, but they never contacted me again to pass on any other info or offer any thanks etc (not that I needed thanks, but I would have loved to have stayed in touch with someone who is only alive cos somebody trained me well).
    Anyway, the guy in question could do with knowing what really happened (medically) that day cos it really was not a simple arrest and the information may help him?
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  15. OP

    Colin_P Veteran

    Placeholder, I'll try and cobble together a reply when I have more time.
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