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Running can literally save your life !

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Instructor57Administrator
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A rather dramatic title, but In my case it was probably true !

Ok, so I now feel it is time to bring this out into the open.

The Admin team know about this .

Thank you to Oldfloss and MissUnderstanding for picking up the slack !

Only a handful of others have known about this

And to the ones who knew, thank you for your support and messages πŸ’•πŸ™

I went out for a run on Monday 27th February

I had been building my short runs up again after 10 weeks off with really bad sinus problems.

Then Monday 27th Feb I did a gentle 2.5 or 3 k run , no problems.

Came back home , stretched, had lunch and started with chest pains and down my arms .at around midday.

After about 30 minutes I realised it was serious and rang 999

At this point it became obvious it was a heart attack!

I called my neighbour and she came in and gave me Asprin on the advice of the 999 call handler, we phoned 999 3 times in total and it was just over 2 hours before the ambulance arrived!

By which time I truly believed I would not survive this .

They gave me the spray under the tongue and also morphine and spent another 15 minutes or so deciding where to take me .

I was going to go by helicopter but they couldn't get one for an hour so they took me to Wolverhampton by road , another 40 45 minutes!

They were literally waiting at the door at Wolverhampton new cross hospital and within 10 minutes of arrival I was on the theatre table having an angioplasty with entry from the right wrist .

They nearly lost me while working on one of the arteries and I remember loosing track of what was happening.

They instantly then had to shock me as my heart went into what they described as a self terminating rhythm .

They didn't even have chance to warn me .

I remember feeling as though I had just hit the ceiling but as I felt I was coming down again I felt reality and awareness returning .

All this was done while being conscious but sedated .

During this procedure they fitted a large stent in one of the coronary arteries and said when I was stable they then needed to consider what to do with another 2 arteries!

I went back in theatre on the Thursday and had another 2 Stents fitted in another artery, and a 3rd artery was considered not necessary to stent but they opened it up with a wire under pressure!

I was warned by the anaesthetist that this procedure would feel like (in his words) 'impending doom'

And he was right !

All this is done while awake as well !!

Just sedated .

But what a team !!!

Absolutely incredible

I came out the next morning on 3rd march .

It's been one hell of a ride both physically and emotionally so far

But still here to fight another day and slowly getting moving again .

I was told by the consultant cardiologist that this heart attack was always going to happen (mainly genetic).

He told me I had been walking towards the edge of a cliff and just happened to arrive there on that day !

I have found out today that there is about 5% damage to the heart but this could have been significantly worse or possibly fatal especially considering the delay I had if my heart had not been strong prior to the attack .

It was suggested to me that this strength was likely down to the running!

So thank you to Couch to 5k and my running beyond the program!

So running may not just change your life

It could well have saved mine ! .

It will be a slow return, but a return non the less and it is expected I will be running again in time !

But of course I will take the time and advice from the cardiac rehabilitation team . πŸ™

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Cmoi profile image
CmoiGraduate

Oh Instructor57 , I hadn't appreciated that things had been quite so dramatic and traumatic for you. Here's to your continuing on the road to full recovery! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Cmoi

Thank you πŸ™I appreciate it x

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Sparkey5000Graduate

oh wow….that’s amazing! So glad you are feeling on the road to recovery. What a journey!

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Sparkey5000

Many thanks , I appreciate it πŸ™

Vespina profile image
VespinaGraduate

Wow, that’s a scary story but so pleased you’re here to tell it. What a lot to have gone through. I wish you a speedy recovery and yes, it’s amazing what running can do for us. As we often say, the runs will be waiting for you when you’re ready.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Vespina

Thank you so much !It has and will continue to be a challenge, but I'm up for that ! πŸ™

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chrisl72Graduate

Good grief - that's a scary ride. I wish you a steady and complete recovery.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to chrisl72

Many thanks, I appreciate that πŸ™

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BluebirdrunnerGraduate

Oh my Ian, that was a close call. How frightening for you and your family.Thank goodness you were strong enough to pull through.

Very best wishes for a complete recovery and a return to full strength in time. Take good care.

Jan xxx

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you Jan !It has been a challenging few weeks both physically and mentally.

But hopefully a positive message in here!

πŸ™xx

BlackCountryLee profile image
BlackCountryLeeGraduate

Sounds like you have had one hell of a few days. So glad you are on the road to recovery. One day at a time. Get well soon mate πŸ‘πŸ»

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to BlackCountryLee

Thank you !I appreciate it .

A life changing experience in more than one way πŸ™

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Pinkpig20Graduate

So glad you were able to receive the treatment you needed. Take it slowly as you recover.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Pinkpig20

Many thanks πŸ™

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Daggs

oh my goodness, that must have been so terrifying for you. What an incredible and inspirational post. Thank you for sharing and wishing you the best recovery!

At 51 I’m starting to worry about my health and this just clarifies again how important it is to exercise and get a strong heart.

Thank you and so glad there’s a happy ending for you .

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Daggs

Thank you !It was scary , but a positive message in there πŸ™

VS1975 profile image
VS1975Graduate

wow! What an incredibly scary story! Thank you for sharing. All the best in your ongoing recovery.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to VS1975

Many thanks, appreciated πŸ™

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doggytailGraduate

So pleased and happy you are still with us,and to continue to give us all the help and support we need with our running x

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to doggytail

Thank you so much !I'm happy to be here πŸ™

Andy6659 profile image
Andy6659Graduate

Oh not gd news but hopefully ur be back to yourself soon. As u have told many people take it easy

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Andy6659

Thanks Andy, appreciated πŸ™

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Andy6659Graduate

Well u need to take it easy now

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Andy6659

I'm following excellent advice from the cardiac rehab team πŸ‘

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Andy6659Graduate in reply to Instructor57

πŸ‘

Pegix profile image
PegixGraduate

What a scary thing to happen. And the treatment sounds just as scary! I know Wton New Cross...I grew up just round the corner from there!! Sending you very best wishes for a speedy recovery...and may you soon be back pounding those pavements!

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Pegix

Thank you ! I was amazed how big new cross is !

Didn't realise until I came out .

They certainly have an amazing cardiac team πŸ™

Pegix profile image
PegixGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Well, it's no doubt much bigger than when I last had anything to do with it! I left W'ton in 1979 never to return, apart from to visit my parents! πŸ˜€

Comte profile image
ComteGraduate

Wishing you a rapid recovery. Sorry to hear about this dramatic event.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Comte

Many thanks πŸ™

Bert2 profile image
Bert2Graduate

What a time you have been through! Wishing you all the best πŸ‘ your help and advice is always much appreciated.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Bert2

Thank you !I appreciate that πŸ™

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StentrunnerGraduate

I look forward to reading more as you recover and work through rehab - are you joining us in BHF on HU?

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Stentrunner

Thank you !πŸ™And yes , just joined πŸ‘

RunningJ123 profile image
RunningJ123Graduate

WOW.... That's incredible... Scary! I'm so glad you are OK.. Look after yourself..

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to RunningJ123

Many thanks !Yes scary

But I now have a great cardiac rehab team for support πŸ™

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Sax64

So scary but glad you're pulling through and recovering. I have this outlook on life that if you keep fit and active you can stack the odds in your favour as you never know what life is going to throw at you. I believe you've just proved my point. Wishing you well with your continued toad back to full health and fitness

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Sax64

Thank you !And yes, you are absolutely right πŸ™

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beachy1980

Wow - what a scary story but I feel like it’s a positive and encouraging one too! Glad you are ok and you have given me the strength to run this morning. Thank you. Take care.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to beachy1980

Thank you πŸ™And yes, quite scary .

But glad to hear it helped you out of the door today for a run πŸ™

LeeU profile image
LeeUGraduate

While the heart attack isn't good news it isn't all bad either, you are still alive and able to, hopefully, return to running in the non-to-distant future.

It could have been a lot worse but I'm glad you're ok.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to LeeU

Thank you !And yes, not the best news , but at least I can say I'm in a better position now then I was the day before it happened πŸ™

LeeU profile image
LeeUGraduate in reply to Instructor57

I wish you a speedy recovery and a smooth road back into running.

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BahamaMama1Graduate

Oh my goodness what a story. Glad to hear you are coming out the other side. All the best for the fullest possible recovery.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to BahamaMama1

Many thanks!I appreciate it πŸ™

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XenaZeldaGraduate

oh my god, that must have been so incredibly scary for you, thank you for sharing such a personal experience, so glad you are ok and here to tell us your experience, it’s good to share these experiences for others who may experience this and how valuable running is to not only the mind but the body. Although I am new to running I believe it saves lives in so many ways, mentally and physically, I have a lung condition (early stages) which if I carried on as I was would most certainly shorten my life, but I honestly believe my lung capacity is improving significantly since I started this program and I can now run for 30 minutes so it must be, and therefore saving my life, look after yourself Instructor57 and again thank you for sharing this us ❀️

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to XenaZelda

Thank you !I hope people can see the positive message πŸ™

Week7 profile image
Week7Graduate

So sorry to hear that you have been so unwell but so pleased that you are on the mend.What an advert for your commitment to running and fitness!

Wishing you well in your continuing return to health.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Week7

Many thanks , much appreciated πŸ™

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Tetleyteagirl

what a shock to read your story, but so pleased your strength and knowledge has helped to pull you through. Wishing you a well on your road to recovery, and take it steady, you’re body will let you know if you overdo it! Take care.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Tetleyteagirl

Many thanks for your response πŸ™

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DontlikerunningGraduate

I am so sorry to read this but pleased at the positive outcome. Thanks for all your positivity through C25k Please accept my good wishes to you through the ether

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Dontlikerunning

Many thanks for your message !Very much appreciated, thank you πŸ™

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Karen59erGraduate

wow - what an incredible journey! You must be so glad to be alive, although understandably taking time to process everything that has happened. These life events certainly put things into perspective. Thank you for sharing this inspirational story - so grateful for this and for all your support, and that you are here to tell us about it. May you continue to go from strength to strength and now live a long and healthy life. If ever there was an advert for the benefits of this amazing programme and all the fabulous support and contributors, this story is surely it. πŸ™

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Karen59er

Thank you so much for your kind reply, I really appreciate it πŸ™

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MrsLydiaWickhamGraduate

How traumatic and distressing for you Instructor57 . I am so glad you have come through it all, in one piece. You have been through a very frightening time and been very brave! You deserve a medal. πŸ… Wishing you a complete recovery and return to your beloved running. We need you around here! πŸ’

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to MrsLydiaWickham

Thank you so much for your kind reply πŸ™

Mummycav profile image
MummycavAdministrator

thank the gods above for running…we are truly blessed to be part of something wonderful…and part of this community…with mentors just like you who inspire everyone everyday…we’re so lucky to have you & so happy that you’re on the road to recovery x

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Mummycav

Thank you so much for your kind words Bev, truly appreciated πŸ™ xx

Frenc profile image
FrencGraduate

I’ve only just seen this Ian, and I’m so sorry that you had such an incredibly traumatic time. Your team really does sound amazing, the NHS is pretty special, isn’t it. I’m so pleased to hear that your running helped strengthen your heart too!

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Frenc

Thank you Kate !And yes the team were incredible πŸ™

I appreciate your support πŸ™ x

Teaching profile image
Teaching

So glad you are doing better now. Wishing you full and quick recovery.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Teaching

Many thanks πŸ™

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grumpyoldgirlGraduate

😢 You don't do things by halves, blimey!

I'm so glad you've come through that awful experience and with such a positive attitude. But then, it's what we have come to expect from you, you are always here for us, I hope we can repay it back to you now.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Many thanks for your kind message!It's appreciated πŸ™

Never_too_old profile image
Never_too_oldGraduate

So glad you are still here to tell your story. What a journey! One you won't forget! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Never_too_old

Many thanks, and no, I certainly won't forget it ! πŸ™

Bootsie2020 profile image
Bootsie2020Graduate

Just read this…

Wishing you a prompt recovery and hope you are back to your inspirational and running self soon.

All the best.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Bootsie2020

Many thanks, I appreciate it πŸ™

Jell6 profile image
Jell6Graduate

So glad you have come out of this with minor cardiac damage. It must have been terrifying, and the subsequent treatments aren't without their own terrors! Thank goodness for the NHS though in times like these.

Pleased you are on the road to recovery. Do as you're told, and you'll be back on the roads. Take care πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Jell6

Thank you for your message!And yes, I'll do as I'm told πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™

DeeDee04 profile image
DeeDee04Graduate

Wow what a story and thank you so much for sharing and bringing awareness. So glad you got through it and are now on the road to recovery. When something like this happens we need to prioritise, right now your health is more important and you need to listen to your body, take it slowly, walking is just as good for your health and I hope you get the rest needed.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to DeeDee04

Many thanks for your message, I appreciate it very much πŸ™

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Liz-is-tryingGraduate

omg- what a roller coaster of a ride for you! How fortunate you had kept yourself fit and well prior to this incident- good for us all to take heed. Best wishes for continued good health and return to running. X

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Liz-is-trying

Many thanks for your message πŸ™

Lablove profile image
LabloveGraduate

my goodness, you have been through the mill. An inspirational story and one to stir my lazy bones into action (again!).

I hope your rehabilitation is smooth and speedy.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Lablove

Many thanks for your reply πŸ™

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Southernrunner

Wow that must have been so frightening for you especially the long ambulance wait. Glad you got the care you needed and are here to tell the tale. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Southernrunner

Many thanks πŸ™

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Indielass00Graduate

Bloody hell Β Instructor57 ! What a terrifying experience but I’m so glad you are here to be able to share it l! Fantastic that all the running made such an impact on your heart strength.

All the best with your recovery and rehabilitation πŸ™ Sarah

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Indielass00

Thank you !And yes, a scary experience.

Hopefully on the road to recovery now πŸ™ x

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Indielass00Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Glad you are on the mend and appreciate you sharing it. A lot of us will benefit from reading it. Whilst I’m not running I am trying to find positive alternatives to dealing with stress. From your post I have joined the British ❀️ Foundation newsletter and have seen some great recipes on there! πŸ‘ x

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