Passing a Stress Test IS NOT a clean bill of heart health… Trust Me…..
As a young person that prided on self of push the body to its 110% capability during high school a level that few if anyone on the team could match I found myself in better shape with more stamina than anyone on the team and I argue anyone on the field on any given Friday night. I ALWAYS pushed myself up to and beyond what was comfortable and what anyone else was able. I took pride in that goal as I felt that when push came to shove on the football field being in the best shape in the 4th quarter would define a win from a loss.
Fast forward to one year shy of March 31, 2008 and the results of keeping in mildly in good condition, and the history of pushing past comfort levels provided me with nothing but “wow”, and “very good” as I performed with brilliance during my stress test. They found that I was able to practically hang with Steve Austin the Bionic Man during my stress test struggling to see any elevation in heart rate regardless of treadmill speed.
If there were a Gold Medal to be awarded on the stress test I would have been standing on the middle platform for my stress test performance.
For those that have not read my book yet, let me convey what I was doing the day prior of my Widow Maker Heart Attack:
1. Saturday, March 29th 2008 - I unloaded 150 – 50 lbs bales of hay in less than one hour by myself. I have found
myself trying to better my record of time each and every time I get a load of hay. (Ok I am a little competitive)
2. Sunday, March 30th 2008 - I spent the entire day using a chainsaw cutting down dead trees on my property. Then I would cut them smaller, lift them into the buck on my tractor and either unload into the fire pit or stack for the fire-place. This physical activity I did for 7 hours. (FYI: I did not have a stop watch on this experience).
While it may be a good idea to get a stress test, I WOULD NOT give anyone a clear bill of heart health. I think personally it is the responsibility of the doctor to discuss with the patient his/her physical athletic history to what extent they prided themselves on pushing their physical limitations should be taken into strong consideration.
I would personally suggest that if a person has a history of pushing the bodies physical limitations to their fullest serious consideration ought be place on either Nuclear Stress Test or an Echocardiogram as a better potential heart attack test rather than just a common Stress Test.