At 52 I was in top shape, how did I end up with a Quad Bypass?Hello, my name is Robin. I am 52yrs old. My story involves genetics. I had been in great shape as a Personal Trainer, Crossfitter and Competitor. January of 2016 I started to feel burning of the skin in my neck area down to the upper chest area like I had a bad sunburn. After a couple of months of letting this go I finally went to see a Doctor. He said I had walking pneumonia. After a week I was all better. Then a week later it came back with a vengeance. I had to go see a Cardiologist that week. After he looked at me he recommended a Heart Cath. Twenty mins into this cath they found 5 blockages, two of the main arteries were 100% blocked while three others were 70% blocked. I was totally shocked when he told me that there was nothing he could do for me but open heart bypass. I went in on June 22nd of 2016 and had a Quad bypass. I thought.....I am in shape, I eat SUPER clean and have for years. The Cardiologist said it did'nt matter in my case and nothing I eat or how hard I trained would make this go away. I had bad Genetics!! So you see folks this Heart disease can affect just about anyone. Luckily I didn't have a heart attack because the Doc said I probably would'nt have survived! This Artery disease is the number one killer by far in America..... like my Cardiologist says "Business is good unfortunately and the future looks good for his practice. The problem isn't going away anytime soon". Although that is sad to say, its true. Genetics does'nt play the biggest role in this disease, the unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle does. Most of you probably think you are eating somewhat healthy and "Moderation" you will be ok. Wrong! Americans way of "Moderation" is still the worst thing you can do for your Heart Health! I now love telling my story to everyone I meet and to anyone who will listen. Its been 6 months of rehabilitation and I thought in the beginning that I would never feel better. It does get better. I am back to working out several times a week and gradually building up my Cardio. If you have had a bypass, do what the Doc says!! If he says nothing over 5lbs, then listen to him! I have seen patients not listen and ended up having a Re-Cracked or Popping breast plate... you don't want that!
Thanks for listening.