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Dave Ward

19, Cleveland Avenue

Winstanley

Wigan

Greater Manchester

WN3 6DT

T: 01942 202463

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Skype : djward1956

Email: djfm.ward@gmail.com 

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  • 02/26/2015 at 19:09
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    Excellent easy to read interesting Blog Thank You

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  • 11/15/2016 at 10:15
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    Found your blog by chance and my story is very similar to yours. I am 53 (thought I was 52 but my wife reminded me I’m 54next year). I played rugby went to the gym, when I gave up rugby, played golf, still went to the gym and started running. I am fairly big, 6’4″ and my weight was around 17 stone but I ran half and full marathons until 2009 when I got pneumonia, then injuries work and family took over.
    I was in the police, I led serious crime investigations and was on call in every post from 2003 to retirement in 2014. Promotion to senior roles meant longer hours poor diet and my weight crept up to 20stone.
    There’s no history of heart trouble in my family but my cholesterol was 5.6 to 6.
    After I retired I walked and got my weight down to 18stone but boredom set in and I took another job and stopped twice weekly body pump and my weight went quickly went back to 20st. I
    I have always been able to run 3 miles but in June found that even walking I had a cold chill in my chest and tightness in my arm. I thought, honestly it was hay fever but was sent for a stress test and 7 weeks ago had a very large stent put in my left artery.
    This wasn’t something that had come on in the 8 months I had stopped training but had been coming on for years, a mix of stress and bad diet.
    The Cardiologist told me that I had early symptoms back in 2006 when I found that the first mile running I couldn’t get a breath until my heart had warmed up. He called it ‘warm up angina’. Like you my artery was almost closed and he said had I tried body pump or just continued pushing myself, I was onto a definite and likely fatal heart attack over the summer.
    So here I am, I overdone it the week after stenting, washing the car cutting grass and walking 5 miles and ended up back in hospital with a strain around the heart. 6 weeks on, I went to the cardio rehab, it gave me so much more information than the cardiologist, confidence in building up slowly but I am back running 40 minutes at 8.6kph, I row for 10 minutes and do high reps (30) for two sets. I know when enough is enough and always carry my spray, just in case.
    I joined Weight Watchers online and now prep my food following as close as I can their points system. My weight is 16stone 11lbs, but more importantly, I have lost 3inches around my waist and my % body fat is dropping.
    I am not too bothered about weight, body fat is important and waist size. The machine at my gym says that I have lost muscle mass and I am trying to get this balanced and will probably start taking a whey protein after exercise.
    I have to say I also found much of the BHF information good but it really deals with people older and not fit so your blog was interesting.

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  • 11/15/2016 at 10:23
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    I might also add that by chance, I met a Life Coach and we got talking about why I worked – company, purpose, challenges – what I liked and disliked about retirement – time to golf cook go to the gym, disliking long winters, golf and going to the gym every day, lack of social contact other than the same retirees. She suggested that I work part time which I wil do, work 4 with one of them home working and off Friday through Sunday.
    So, I will see how this goes and stop trying to be competitive at work, I’ve had my career and concentrate on me and my family.

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  • 09/08/2017 at 18:03
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    Hi , Im 60 years of age . Ive been a serious cyclist for years, averaging about 13000 miles a year on the bike over the last few years. I regularly do 100 mile rides, and only 8 weeks ago did a 206 mile ride. I go out on fast club rides, and ride with people who are Category 3/4 racers. So I have been extremely fit. Im 5’6″ and 61 kg. I have a normal cholesterol level, vegetarian, non smoker but with a strong family history and have high blood pressure.
    About 6 weeks go, I started to notice chest pains with extreme exertion , with heart rate of 150 to 160. Gradually this became worse , over the weeks , and eventually started coming on with heart rate of 120. I went to see a cardiologist. I had an angio and had 3 stents inserted into 2 narrowing , into the diagonal artery and the left circumflex. The cardiologist said my main left and right coronary arteries were very good.
    My cardiologist said I could start exercising after 48 hours and could “push myself “. However , on reflection, I think his idea of pushing myself is probably different to mine. I hope to start going back on the bike in a few days (1 week post stenting) and obviously will take it easy at first and build it up. However , I wondered if all goes well, is there any reason why I shouldnt look to resuming the same level of activity that I’ve been used to in about 2 to 3 weeks i.e. regularly riding for a few hours with heart rate of 140 to 160 ?…assuming all goes well without pain in the interim

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    • 09/11/2017 at 13:14
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      Hi Mike.

      It’s always best to have a phased approach to return to exercise (especially extreme exercise) after a procedure. Once the procedure is done and the stent is in place it does need time to settle down and bed in so I would take some time (It’s hard to say how long this should be with different people) to reintroduce your heart to exercise following the procedure. Your cardiologist has said you can get back to exercising which is great and he has said you can push it but as you say your idea of pushing it and his may be too very different things.

      As you probably know, the stent is attached to the inner lining of the artery wall. Over time it will actually embed into the artery wall as cells grow over it. You need to give this process a chance to start without putting your heart under full loading for long periods of time too quickly.

      There is no doubt that you are very fit and there is no real reason why you can’t get back to a similar level of fitness. However, a word of caution, listen very closely to what your body is saying. Build things up slowly and do your exercise in a short burst at first. Slowly increase the duration of exercise and the amount of time you stay in the higher heart rate zones. If you have any discomfort or pain at all stop what you are doing. If it persists or reoccurs on exercise stop what you are doing and go see your doctor.

      It’s a funny thing but people who have had a stent who have never exercised and then are introduced to exercise post stent tend to air on the side of caution and go very slowly whilst people who have been physically very fit want to get back to peak performance like yesterday. I was the same. However getting back to full fitness in a more controlled way may pay dividends down the track.

      Good luck with you recovery hope everything goes well and your back on those 100-mile bike rides before too long.

      Cheers

      Dave

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