Posts in category "Heart Disease Awareness"

Bicycling Really Did Save My Life

Bicycling Really Did Save My Life
Three years ago today, I was lying on a gurney in the emergency room fighting for my life. To be more accurate, the ER and catheter teams were fighting against the clock to save my life.  I remained motionless in shock and disbelief. There was really nothing that I could do to help myself.  By... Read more »

We Don't Need Bans, We Need More Informed Choices

We Don't Need Bans, We Need More Informed Choices
We tried to ban alcohol once.  Once. Long story short, Prohibition didn’t work.  It didn’t quash demand.  It only drove supply underground into an unregulated market.  Lawlessness ensued.  Enforcement costs rose.  Tax revenues declined. Bans are economic losers while at the same time largely ineffective at changing individual behavior. So why do certain groups continue... Read more »

One Celebrity (and 1,099 others) Killed by Heart Attack Yesterday

One Celebrity (and 1,099 others) Killed by Heart Attack Yesterday
Like nearly everyone else, I was surprised to hear that Davy Jones died of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 66. My mind instantly returned to childhood days happily watching reruns of The Monkees and the occasional Marsha-Brady-has-a-crush-on-Davy-Jones episode that was recreated in the Brady Bunch movie 25 years later.  I hadn’t paid... Read more »
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Heart Month Ends, Personal Campaign Continues

Heart Month Ends, Personal Campaign Continues
14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Five (continued from part four) While the official campaign for American Heart Month may be drawing to an end, my personal campaign has but one expiration date – my own. I can’t look at the calendar and conveniently say “Thank God I won’t have to deal with this unpleasant... Read more »

Heart Month: 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part 4

Heart Month: 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part 4
This is the fourth in a five-part post.  Click here for parts one, two, and three… When I woke up in the intensive care unit, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the path of my life had been forever altered.  I had several questions that I really needed answers for.  How bad... Read more »

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Three

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Three
To see the key for the above illustration, click here.  If you missed parts one and two of this story, I’ll summarize them for you in a few quick sentences: I didn’t believe a fit 43 year-old cyclist could suffer a heart attack (despite a strong family history of heart disease).  I ignored two of... Read more »
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Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin
Tomorrow I will celebrate my third birthday. Yes, you read that right. T-h-i-r-d.  I didn’t mean to type thirty (but it sure would be nice to return to those days of relative youth).  Nor is it a typo for forty third.  February 8th marks the third birthday I will celebrate since suffering a near-fatal heart... Read more »