Passing a Stress Test IS NOT a clean bill of heart health… Trust Me…..

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.

Alberto Salazar, winner of the 1994 Comrades Marathon, winner of the 1982 Boston Marathon, three New York Marathons, and former world record holder, suffered a heart attack aged 48 during a coaching session.

Alberto Salazar, winner of the 1994 Comrades Marathon, winner of the 1982 Boston Marathon, three New York Marathons, and former world record holder, suffered a heart attack aged 48 during a coaching session.

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

While sometimes do use the best posture I do train horses and here I am training Geronimo 1 of my 4 Wild Mustangs.

While sometimes do use the best posture I do train horses and here I am training Geronimo 1 of my 4 North American Wild Mustangs. (And I do not mean Ford Mustang)

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.

 

 

 

 

Heart Attack foreplay is as different as is possible but rarely Hollywood Style

Heart Attack foreplay is as different as is possible but rarely Hollywood. I have read numerous articles on ESPN.com, CNN.com and as many

Darryl Kile, a professional baseball player, died at the age of 33 on June 22, 2002. At the time, he was a star pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Darryl Kile, a professional baseball player, died at the age of 33 on June 22, 2002. At the time, he was a star pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

newspapers as can humanly read. Since 2008 and my heart attack I have consumed as much information on Heart Attacks: What causes them, how they take place, how are they different from each other, what type of mental, physical damage can be done as a result and any other topic related to the dreaded word Heart Attack.

While I have read as much about the Heart Attack event as possible, I must admit I have paid special interest to the words I had never heard prior to my MI… The Widow Maker Heart Attack.  Since 2008 I have read of people who actively competed in bicycling, marathon running, professional baseball falling victim to the WM Heart Attack. I am amazed as to how many appeared in perfect shape, highly active, or perhaps in constant doctor contact via professional sports but sadly and tragically still become a member of the WM Heart Attack Club.

While I have an obvious connection to those older (no I am not old.. I was 48 years young when I had my WM Heart Attack) I find as a professional educator it particularly disturbing to read each year of locally or nationally of the number of high school or college aged athletes that die due to sudden cardiac death or a heart attack.

It’s estimated that more than 100 young athletes die each year in sports-related incidents and according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), close to half of these deaths are attributed to sudden cardiac death AKA Heart Attack.

Fox News did a really nice job on this video Protecting Young Athletes From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

As a father, coach, and teacher I read the numerous stories about young athletes suddenly dying during a basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball or perhaps a football game. I can not imagine a parent in the position of losing their son or daughter for a reason that could have been avoided. DEVASTATING

Gary and Jocelyn Leonard during a tribute to their son, Wes, in Holland, Mich. Wes, 16, died on a basketball court moments after making a winning shot.

Gary and Jocelyn Leonard during a tribute to their son, Wes, in Holland, Mich. Wes, 16, died on a basketball court moments after making a winning shot.

 

Are Good Teachers destined to have a Heart Attack?

Are Good Teachers destined to have a Heart Attack?  I think that is a proudly good question.

Teachers teach not to get rich but rather for the satisfaction of bettering young

My experience at Jefferson High School has been very positive. The students are generally very motivated. I just wish more could put asside their home life, and friend baggage in order to get something out of their education.

My experience at Jefferson High School has been very positive. The students are generally very motivated. I just wish more could put aside their home life, and friend baggage in order to get something out of their education.

people through in inspiration, role modeling, sharing of experiences and perhaps peals of education. It has been said by nearly every teacher in the teaching profession regardless of whether one teaches in the kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school or college.

A good teacher I am convinced is passionate, loving (not in the creepy sense of the word) toward their students or children each and every day. This passionate teacher takes the failure of the students to reach their maximum potential personally and deeply. This same teacher also becomes the schools biggest cheerleader when the student is victorious  and successful in even the smallest accomplishment of any goal the student has set for themselves.

There in fact lies the problem in my opinion. If one is passionate, loving, motivated on a day-to-day basis, and feels a certain amount of anguish if a student fails, does something really disappointing, drops out, falls in with the wrong crowd, bows to peer pressure and becomes a classroom disruption then perhaps, like it was for me being a teacher turned out to be a recipe for excessive stress and ultimately a massive heart attack.

Heart Attack Risk Factors ARE NOT hard fast rules

Sitting around watching TV is foreign to me as I kept very active and fit prior to my heart attack

Sitting around watching TV is foreign to me as I kept very active and fit prior to my Widow Maker Heart Attack in 2008.

 

 

Heart Attack Risk Factors ARE NOT hard fast rules.

I agree 100% that there are no less than 6 – 10 risk factors associated with people’s propensity for heart attacks. Others like myself have little relationship or no relationship with any of the risk factors. Do not underestimate the last factor listed below.

I love the teaching profession and I love working with regardless of their wealth, ethnicity, gender, parents social stature or their parents tax rate. Teaching, coaching, all children is something I take very serious and enjoy. Teaching however can be a rather stressful profession if teachers are not supported by the schools or districts administration and sadly parents that feel their children can do no wrong.

Heart attack risk factors include: