by Mitch
(Orange County california)

I am a 60 year old avid exersizer.I visited the gym 5-6 times a week and was proud to get my heart rate to 150bpm at least for few minutes most visits.I ate pretty well and didnt smoke.I thought I spent the past 30 years preparing NOT to have any issues.One day durring a normal exersize day I was on the stair stepper when I startted to feel as if i had just run 100 miles.I slowed down and decided to go to the treadmil thinking I would just work through this.The next day exactly the same thing happened,i continued to act as if it wasnt a problem.The very next day I walked across the street to get a subway sandwich and was out of breath crossing the street.That afternoon I visited my interenst,the next day I was having a heart stent placed.Turned out the stent was to small and the following week I had three more stents imbedded in my chest.and three weeks after that I was on the operating table having a tripple by pass...the good news...the operation took a little less than 3 hours,i was in ICU for less than 12 hours and out of the hospital 3 days later.Doctors said that had i not been exersizing I never would have known about the blockage in my front main artery and in their opinion would have caused a major heart attack very possbly being fatel.I have no heart damage and am hoping for a full recovery.I have been out of the hospital for three weeks now and of course have some discomfort but for the most part i feel pretty good.

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by: Brian from NC

Hey Mitch. Congratulations on being among the land of the living. I'm a little younger than you, but our experiences are quite similar: Mild heart attack, minimal damages, strong heart from exercising, triple bypass, quick recovery. Keep up the exercise, my friend. And skip as much saturated fat and stress as possible. How about we agree to exchange progress reports, oh, 10 years from now? :)

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by: Anonymous

congratulations on knowing your body and what was right or not right!!!! i am also 60, but am not an avid exerciser!!! i do walk 2 or 3 miles a few days a week, and i know it helps... but as far as my b/p rising above 160/105 each time.. i don't have pain. the pain i get occasionally is when i am NOT exercising. it is to the left of the center of my chest, my left arm gets very weak feeling..not numb, just weak, then i break out in a sweat and then after about 2 or 3 minutes, it all subsides.... BUT... my dr is not concerned because of the results of my stress tests. i just wish i would have one of these pains when he is present!!!!! i have had quite a few of them and still don't know what they are!!

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