A New lease of life

by Kevin O'Neill

I was a regular runner until nearly 40 when I developed odd symptoms which were diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. I didn't control my blood sugar well (I tried to pretend there was nothing wrong with me) and from the age of about 46/47 began to experience chest pain during exercise. Finally I was diagnosed with heart disease shortly before my 50th birthday. Despite medication my health slowly deteriorated and I underwent a triple bypass at 55. My fitness improved drastically and the angina disappeared for about 6 years. During this time I exercised regularly until I developed severe psoriatic arthritis. Now, 11 years after the surgery I am in reasonable health apart from the arthritis which makes walking difficult. Overall I have benefitted greatly from the op and would recommend it to anyone in similar circumstances. A recent check-up has shown that all three grafts are still working well.

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Input from others is extremely valuable
by: Brian from North Carolina

This site alerts me any time a new post is made. Sadly, it's not very often. I wish that were not so. To read, today, of someone whose grafts are working fine 11 years after CABG surgery? It's encouraging to someone who's not quite two years post surgery. To see someone else struggling with, and willing to wonder aloud about, the jogging issue? Makes me feel a little less alone with my questions. Thanks for bothering to write it down guys. Know that someone out there a couple of continents away benefits from it.

by: Kevin O'neill

It might be worth adding that heart disease was in my genes on my mother's side of the family. She had died relatively young after suffering a series of heart attacks from the age of 60. Fortunately I received treatment in time and have never, to my knowledge, had an attack.

by: Anonymous

Firstly, congratulations that you are doing well at this time..I had heart bypass surgery (4) at the age of 66, 5 years ago and also I was an avid runner, 3 marathons, numerous other distances and also 5 half iron man triathlons. Sorry to elaborate, but I've noticed that people who run a little are OK,however others including a good friend who died in his fifties running, with no family heart disease problems.Seems those who run long distances with intensity might be creating problems for themselves. Just recently in America 3 people died running marathons including a 21 and a 40 year old runner. I don't know if there is any correlation, but it makes me wonder.I would certainly suggest to people to get extensive testing before and during their running life. I certainly enjoyed the competition and social aspect while a runner, but again, it makes me wonder how often we should "carry the piano."
Again congratulations on your recovery and your current health...Continued good luck and happiness
Glenn, from USA now living in Thailand gorose14@gmail.com

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