Originally Posted by basil
I note that the guy who died was older, like me. We don't have the cardio-vascular capability of some of you young guys. We can't hold our breaths for 60 seconds.
This brings up a good point:
I am 49 this year. I boat in the summer and race cyclocross in the fall. CX runs your max heart rate at about 90% for 45 minutes
. Between that and boating I figured i needed to get a physical every year. I just had mine done last week. Everything came back good except my good cholesterol
(been that way as long as i can remember). So they got me on Niacin to try and get it up. This year they did an EKG which checked out good but the docs want more data. So they are prescribing a stress test. Also there is a new procedure out (heart scan?) that will not be covered under insurance but it's not that expensive from what I hear. It's similar to an MRI of your heart where they can visual identify blockage areas. I plan on having that done as well. If I don't completely check out I will backing it off a notch or two