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The Heart Attack Predictor

Today’s UK News featured a new imaging technique that could find people at highest risk of a Heart Attack:

  • When fatty deposits, known as plaques, build up in the arteries and rupture it can cause a Heart Attack.  The new test detects the fatty plaques on the brink of rupture.  There is currently no way to identify these.
  • In the UK, 200 people die each day from a Heart Attack.

The research that resulted in this breakthrough was funded by the British Heart Foundation.

I already know from my angiogram that one of my arteries is partially blocked.  I also know that a rupture to the plaque in another of my arteries caused my Heart Attack.  The good news is, the various drugs I take each day will reduce the chances of me having a repeat episode.

It’s easy for me to forget what I’ve been through and how lucky I was to be treated so quickly and efficiently.  It’s also too easy for all of us to take medical advances for granted.

Today’s News served as a reminder for me: a reminder of my good fortune, and a reminder of why it’s important for me to keep training, complete my ride and raise some cash for the British Heart Foundation.

Please feel free to chip in:  http://www.justgiving.com/heartattackwaitingtohappen

My next (big) challenge

As I approach the end of my Cardiac Rehab sessions, I need a challenge to help keep me focused and motivated throughout the dark cold winter nights.

This is an important decision for me.  It will create the structure of my next phase of my recovery.  I need to select something that is realistic and achievable, but also something reasonably challenging. Challenging enough to keep me interested, fit and focused!

I checked out the British Heart Foundation website for ideas.  Given my recent fitness exploits, it made sense to look at their cycling options.  They offer a large number of interesting choices… the extravagantly exotic, outrageously “foreign” and luxuriously lengthy options were ruled out fairly quickly.  I also eliminated the mundane… it’d be good to do something a little bit different!

Having tested a few options with the family (where I successfully tested the boundaries of exotic, foreign and lengthy), I landed on…

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…a Bike Ride from London to Amsterdam to Brussels.

280 miles over 4 days starting on 7th May 2014.

Along the way, I’m also hoping to raise a few quid for the British Heart Foundation.

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This is the sort of climbing I like!

Excitedly I went to register for the trip.  Unfortunately, my first attempt was a complete anti-climax.  ironically my attempt failed on a web page with the title “Your challenge starts here”… it appears it does!!!  Having spent some time typing in my long list of medication, I was a little frustrated to say the least!

Anyway, I eventually resorted to the manual telephone method, and I’m now all signed up!

All I need to do now is raise some cash, get properly fit and persuade a GP to sign my “fit for fun” letter in advance of the trip.  All very exciting!!!

I hope you’ll join me every step of the way!

Click here to sponsor me