Last August I had quintuple bypasss surgery. I have been seeing a Cardiologist for many years and have been on blood pressure and cholesterol medicine for quite a few years. I had been getting severe shortness of breath when I did a quick, sudden burst of energy. It would only last a minute or two, and never any other symptoms. That started about four years before my surgery.
Eighteen months before my surgery it started getting somewhat worse and I went to my cardiologist about it...or it might have been a routine checkup that I mentioned it. He found nothing obvious with a normal check up and referred me too a lung doctor. He found nothing. At that pointed I just accepted that old age was setting in (I’m 66 now). As long as I didn’t do anything strenuous I had no symptoms.
The good thing is that I was on a routine to have a nuclear stress test every three years. In October of 2017 we scheduled the test for July 2018. They saw from the results I had a blockage. They hoped to fix it with a stent, but when he saw the first three arteries that two were 100% blocked and the third 40% they scheduled me for open heart bypass surgery a week later. They wound up doing five!
My message is this. I should have pushed the doctors two years earlier to do the nuclear test then. I do blame him to a degree, but in retrospect I take some blame myself. We know what we are feeling. The doctor is having to gauge our description of how we feel to determine what action he should take. Learn to challenge them if you are feeling things that are not right.
The good news is that the “event” was not nearly as bad as I would have expected. I vowed to go into it with a positive attitude and sense of humor. But then again, that’s just how I am. Oh, and I started doing short rides after eight weeks and long rides at ten weeks. Yes, with the doctors “permission”.
2017 Yamaha FJR1300...Prev 2013 & 2015 1600GT,
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale ABS....2017 KTM 1290 Superduke GT
Last edited by jjscsix; 05-11-2019 at 05:26 PM.