Today’s QT comes to us from a Virginia Premium Member who wishes to remain anonymous. His story speaks for itself; regardless of how “fit” you may seem to be, unless you get your heart health checked out, you really cannot know. Here’s what he writes:
I would like to add a dimension to the comments about heart health and testing. I had been a cyclist for 25 years, and prior to that a competitive runner. At 67, I thought I was pretty fit and would “test” my heart on Boulder, Colorado, climbs where I would routinely hit a max heart rate of 194 and be able to hold it.
Back in Virginia on an easy spin one March day in 2013, I had a heart attack. I was cycling in Arlington and luckily very near Virginia Hospital Center. Within 20 minutes I was in the Cath Lab, and required a stent.
I have learned a lot about heart and artery health since then.
A lot of people may have plaque developing in their arteries, and it can rupture at any time (which is what causes a heart attack). There are tests for this. Get yourself checked out.
Just because you can crank it up a 15% grade at max heart rate, that does NOT mean you are “fit!”
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