R12RT wrote:I was talking to guy on my Saturday group ride who I han't seen for awhile.
It turns out that he had a heart attack on a group ride several weeks previously. He complained about feeling I'll and left the ride early. He rode home which took about an hour. When he got home his wife told him he looked awful and took him to the doctor.
Tests revealed that one of his arteries was 70% blocked. His cardiologist said that if it wasn't for his high level of fitness he would have probably died.
After several weeks off the bike he is back on it and trying to regain some lost fitness.
I can beat that, one of my coronary arteries was 97% blocked and it's only 3mm wide to start with. I've got the pictures from the angiogram and you can see the narrowing.
The goss I got was that you don't feel any pain at all until you get to 70% blocked.
I didn't have a heart attack, but I was that 3% away from one. They put some things called stents in there which opened the artery up and my cardiologist gave me the all clear to go for it at the gym and ride my bike as much as I wanted about 3 months later.
That was in 2003 so all is going to plan so far.
The moral of the story is : If you're feeling woozy, have chest pain, numbness in your arm or any of that..Stop what you're doing and call an Ambulance IMMEDIATELY. They don't mind if it's a false alarm and if it's not they're the best one to drive you to the ED.