End of the line?
I am addicted to exercise and adventure. I just can't get enough of either, and prior to my PM and a subsequent thrombosis issue, the only thing that kept me from the life of a thru-hiker or RAM (race across America) participant was money and family.
A few days ago I got a call from my cardiologist that I must see him ASAP. He got my latest phone interrrogation and was not pleased with the findings. For the first six weeks after I was stented for a LAD blockage, I obligingly participated in "walking only" as my form of exercise. It was horrible - slow, boring, and unchallenging (despite exploring new venues whenever possible). I was then allowed to proceed slowly (had to wear a heart-rate monitor and stay under 150 bpm) with getting back to my active lifestyle (running, swimming, biking, lifting, etc,).
By the third week I was starting to step up all activity levels. The interrogation however revealed that I was in afib three times each of those first two weeks, and eleven times (sometimes hours at a time - all without my knowledge) by the third.
I was given three choices. Ablation, rhythm meds (coumadin, etc,), or acting my age/condition and try and blend in with the mall walking seniors. My doctor outlined all the negatives of the first two and is giving me three weeks to try and modify my obsessive approach to endorphine-seeking to suppress the bouts of afib.
Hopefully someone out there has some advice to help me choose the correct path. Thanks for your time,