HI ALL - I am back from my heart attack

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HI ALL - I am back from my heart attack

Post by Hoister » Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:32 am

Merry Xmas, ALL.

I used to lurk and post here quite a bit, but had to take a vacation from the exercise game for a bit following a heart attack at the "ripe old age of 36" - back in the first week of June.

The good news is that i have been cleared to get back into the game, the bad news is that they really aren't sure what caused the heart attack.

Physically, i am in excellent shape based on all the medical tests and all the professional opinions of several heart specialists, surgeons and cardiologists.

It occured during a very intense portion of my training cycle which was also during a very hectic time in my professional career as well - a new job, tons of stress and extremely long hours. So the doctors believe the heart attack, described as mildly severe, was a warning sign to slow things down.

Anyway, i missed the lifting game and "hanging out" here and at other favorite forums of mine.

As mentioned, i will be embarking on a gradual re-entry into the lifting game and will start posting in my journal to keep track of things.

Glad to see some of the old mainstays are still hanging out and some new "faces" are chiming in.

-Hoister


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Post by pdellorto » Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:49 am

Welcome back Hoister. Damn, that's bad news. I hope that cardiac problem was a one-off thing.

I've actually been wondering where you were...I had to pick up something heavy one-handed the other day and remembered you're the EXRX forum one-arm power snatch king. :)

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Post by stuward » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:05 am

Welcome back Hoister. I was thinking the same thing as Pete a little while ago. I'm glad you're better. Your fitness probably contributed to your ability to survive and recover intact from your heart attack. It's virtually impossible to predict and prevent such an event.

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Re: HI ALL - I am back from my heart attack

Post by Stephen Johnson » Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:56 pm

Hoister wrote:Merry Xmas, ALL.

I used to lurk and post here quite a bit, but had to take a vacation from the exercise game for a bit following a heart attack at the "ripe old age of 36" - back in the first week of June.

The good news is that i have been cleared to get back into the game, the bad news is that they really aren't sure what caused the heart attack.

Physically, i am in excellent shape based on all the medical tests and all the professional opinions of several heart specialists, surgeons and cardiologists.
Merry Christmas to you as well. Considering what you just went through, you have a lot to be thankful for. So do we on this board, since you're back in the fold. I can't wait to read about your progress getting back to form.

That an apparently healthy 36 year old can be stricken by heart problems is a cautionary tale for those of us in our 50s. My next physical will be in about two weeks, even though I feel OK.

Too bad that the medics couldn't pinpoint your heart issues. ignorance isn't always bliss.

But welcome back, and Happy New Year.

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Post by Matt Z » Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:40 pm

Welcome back.


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Post by hoosegow » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:48 am

Welcome home Hoister. No more heart attacks for you! Geez. 36. That is how old I am.

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KEEP LIFTING and LIVING!

Post by quadfrog » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:53 am

Glad to hear you're going to be lifting again. I had a heart attack in April of 2007 (80% blockage) and started lifting again the following week. I was 57 years young, didn't smoke, eat junk food....a competitive bodybuilder until age 42. Stress will kill you. Lifting and working out kills stress. I'm in better condition today, with more lean muscle mass, than I was 20 years ago. If you don't know what caused your cardiac event...find out. Mine was caused by plaque build-up that loosened during an acute respiratory infection. After a stent was placed, I was better that ever...and plan to keep lifting as long as my joints hold out. GOOD LUCK!

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Post by hoosegow » Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:42 am

where have you been quad?

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Post by TimD » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:03 am

Hey Hoister, welcome back. Long time, no talk to. Was wonderiing where you went.
BTW Hoosegow- quad is another person. Haven't seen him in a while either. Hope he's allright after his Heart attack.
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Post by hoosegow » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:29 am

Understood Tim. This was in response to the post right above mine. He popped up in this thread after being gone a while. Looks like Hoister and quadfrog might be participating again. Let's hope.

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Post by quadfrog » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:11 am

hoosegow wrote:where have you been quad?
I drifted over to the Draper forum for awhile. The ExRx forum has certainly exploded with new energy and younger members. We finally got a new gym in my little town that has changed my whole routine. There are 30 Hammer Strength machines, in addition to free weights and treadmills. I train heavy twice and light twice each week. One of the owners is a current NPC champ, and he's got me into motorcycles, which is my new passion. So now, at age 58, I have another reason to be in the best possible condition: road trips on my big Honda. Happy New Year to you and everyone else on the board....I'll try to drop in more often.

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Re: KEEP LIFTING and LIVING!

Post by Hoister » Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:01 am

quadfrog wrote:Glad to hear you're going to be lifting again. I had a heart attack in April of 2007 (80% blockage) and started lifting again the following week.
I was strongly urged to refrain from any intense training and other intense activities due to the fact that my heart attack was a mystery. In the end, i am in excellent shape and have the go ahead now. They strongly believe that my case was a freakish one-off where all of the wrong stars aligned to kick my butt once. A lot of it was my own fault - poor eating habits (skipping meals, etc), little to no rest - all due to long work hours, a lot of personal and professional stress - all of it compounded by a very intense workout regiment:

To some of the doctors, my workout regiment was way to intense - others believed it was what saved my a$$. At the time, i was doing a daily conditioning session that consisted of 5 rounds of 20 burpees or thrusters with 70lbs followed by 20 t-handle swings with 175lbs. (Some doctors were impressed with the swings over my own bodyweight - others were horrified..) Additionally, i did 3 other sessions/week for pure strength maintenance - typically 20 singles of c&j, deads+wtd chins+ohp or muscle-snatches plus a 4th day of farmers walks with 125 each hand for 2.5 km round trip.

Anyway - now i am easing back into things with a good solid plan. I have started updating my journal in the journal section and will keep track of things there for anyone interested.

After two training sessions so far, i feel great, with no ill side effects so far. Just going to keep it simple and try not to get stupid and careless again...

-Hoister

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Post by manofsteel1385 » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:52 am

Wow hoister I know this is a long time over due but glad to hear you survived a heart attack. I remember you posting as well way back. Just glad to hear of someone overcoming something. Good stuff man hope you're still posting.

John


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