How the COVID19! May have saved my life!
As much as I hate this disease, I believe I owe my life to Corona awareness.
As most know I recently went through open heart surgery. My healthy lifestyle choices most likely had a lot to do with this. This Italian loves his pasta, pizza, lasagna and throw in a plate of chips and cheese on the side please.
There a a good amount of exaggeration to the above along with my annual News Years resolution goal of exercising 20+ pounds off between Jan 1 thru May 1 and I was under the assumption all was good. My blood pressure was very good, my resting heart rate was in the 50’s, my morning routine was getting up at 4:45 AM and getting on the elliptical for a good 45 minute workout. Over 1/2 my workout was at a heart rate over 164 BM.
I walk an additional 10,000 steps a day and was feeling great.
HOW THE SCARE OF CORONA SAVED MY LIFE!!
On Sat. at work I walked up 10 stairs to my office and felt tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. A heart issue never entered my mind, I have always thought pain in the chest or shoulder area are the major symptoms to heart issues.
After realizing I was experiencing some Corona signs, my mind went to both the older clientele I work with as well as some of my older Co-workers. Talking about Brad here.
I told my boss I had to go get checked out for Corona, I drove home, picked up my partner in life, Melinda, off we went. Upon arriving, they sent her home.
After going thru a long series of questions and answers they decided to do an angiogram. It was during this somewhat invasiveve procedure it was discovered 4 of my major heart arteries had to be replaced. In hindsight, OUCH!!!
I share this with the hope at one person that maybe having heart issues gets looked at before they become too serious.
When I say heart issues, I don’t mean chest/shoulder pain, I mean running short of breath on tasks that only 6 months ago seemed fairly easy. Be smart and play it safe, heart disease kills over 600,00,000 Americans each year, what MIGHT Coronavirus do?