Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Cardiac Rehab Cruise
It seems much can happen in such a short time. It is difficult to catch up in one blog but whis is my first attempt. The article titled "Cardiac Rehab Cruise" sets the stage for my latest adventure. Adventure is not a good word but will suffice. Seems I was having some heart problems without my knowledge. During a typical ablation treatment for Arterial Flutter, I developed V. Tach. Seems that is a very irregular heart beat which can kill. Dr. would not let me out of hospital until a echo cardiogram which I passed with flying colors. Of Course! Upon my visit with my home cardiologist it was determined I would have a heart cath. While laying still watching the dye enter my arteries, my good Dr. said "oops". You can imagine my reaction! What does Oops mean? Seems I had one artery 95% blocked waiting to cause a heart attack. Whew! He put a stint in and here I am. Now for the cruise. A good friend of ours oddly experienced shortness of breath recently. Seeing the Dr. he was given a heart cath and discovered he had the "widow maker", blockage of the large decending artery which is a death sentence. Being only 45 yrs. old and in good health, he had open heart surgery. Now, he and I had planned to take his son and a buddy on a 3 day kayak trip down the Little River. Of course the trip was canceled. But Captain Young had another idea.