Your Decision Your Heard
As of yesterday I just completed the 6-month MULTIFIT Cardiac Rehabilitation program with my health care provider Kaiser Northern California. It was a lot of online classes about exercise, diet, and tracking my heart, which I was already doing to some degree before my heart attack. Now I track my blood pressure on paper two to three times a day on a spreadsheet and have been doing for the past 8-months looking for trends.
I walk 1-hour every morning and ride my bicycle between 60 to 60-kilos every other day. I was doing this before my heart attack as well. I have had regular blood tests every year and went back and looked at my trends.
As my doctor said I have done everything right, but stuff happens and my healthy lifestyle and exercise is what saved my life with my cardiac arrest (widow maker) electrical short circuit I had. Now with the dual-chamber pacer beating my heart for me 100% of the time, I am still searching for answers as to why this happened to me.
The lack of medical data is staggering, I have gone to the U.K. and other countries looking at their heart data trying to find answers. Sadly what I have found is the U.S. system does not want us to get better as it is an industry that depends on us being sick.
I have gone through three cardiac doctors until I found one I can sit down, talk, and discuss how to deal with my condition and make it better. My doctor gives me options and I decide based on my own research how to make me better. Have to admit this has been a stressful process that none of us need.
What I have found is no one in the medical field will say or provide me with any real advice for fear of something happening to them, really sad. I am happy my current doctor is on the edge with me and a straight talker just like me. What I have found is if you don’t ask the medical staff can’t say no. The squeaky wheel gets the oil. I learned I am in charge of my heart and it is me to educate myself and be informed to make the right decision presented by my doctor on my treatment.