Some of you know what i just went through last week. After spending the last 13 months working out like a Madman, dropping my cholesterol from 460 to 160 and bringing my blood pressure from "Through The Roof" to perfectly normal, i starting experiencing major chest pains. My wife drove me to the nearest emergency room where i spent 8 1/2 hours being poked, prodded, x rayed, M.R.I.'d and every other test under the sun, only to have them tell me..."You're healthy as a horse". My wife and i quit smoking 30 days ago with the help of "Chantix". One of the side effects of Chantix is in fact chest pains, which the Attending Doc at the Emergency Room chalked my pains up too. (Thanks Doc!) At 9p that night, i got a call from a Cardiologist who just a had a strange suspicion that all my test results looked too good. Too good? Really? He felt that my history as a smoker, high cholesterol, my love for bacon wrapped anything AND of course my mother's history of several open heart surguries may in fact be hiding within the walls of my supposed "Healthy as a horse" arteries. He in fact was RIGHT!
Wednesday of last week, he went in and found that my right coronary artery (Ya, one of the important ones) had a 90% blockage and put in a stent. This guy literally saved my life. He's convinced that i would have absolutely had a heart attack within the next couple of months had i not gone in. Listenening to that statement come from his mouth wasn't just an eye opener, it literally FREAKED ME OUT! I'm almost 49 years old, NOT 69! This isn't suppose to happen to me. I'm not a big over weight guy. I'm in great shape physically. Well guess what...IT DID HAPPEN TO ME! And i hate to tell you this but...IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU TOO!
Seriously, don't wait until you're experincing serious chest pains before you get checked. By then, IT COULD BE TOO LATE! Take a little time out of your very busy life & read up on articles like the one below, get that check-up you've been putting off like i did. You could very well be saving your life. (Please forgive my preaching)