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To those who responded in my previous thread (<a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum//showthread.php?t=20566" target="_blank">http://www.kickrunners.com/forum//sh...ad.php?t=20566</a>), thanks. It's been good for my soul.<br><br>
Monday, I had my initial cardiac stress test which was a modified form of the stress test that many of you may have done. It increases the pace and incline faster - heart attack victims may not be able go 20 minutes or so. I got up to 4.2 mph with a 15% incline before I stopped. I could have gone further but decided that was a good place to start. I did have a bit of anxiety when I first started to transition from a fast walk to a slow jog, but my heart didn't blow up. So, that's good. <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"> I got my heart rate up to 143, which is pretty good for me. My resting heart rate had been in the mid 40s, but under the finest drugs available, it was measured at 30 twice in the last week. I've had a couple EKGs in the last week, but both were normal.<br><br>
Official Cardiac Rehab begins on the 19th.
 

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Not knowing anything about cardiac rehab, I think your first test back sounds pretty good Kevin! I'll continue my prayers and good thoughts that your recovery progresses well and you get stronger and stronger all the time. Thanks for keeping us updated and I hope you continue to do so.
 

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Kevin - great news! What will the rehab consist of? How long? And will you be able to resume your running life after? Best wishes on your recovery.
 

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Kevin, your name maintains a special place on the Weekly thread and we look forward to your return. Thanks for letting us know how you're doing.<br><br>
I'm sure the rehab starting on the 19th will go extremely well for you. I'm sure you'll be a good patient. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I don't even play a doctor on tv, but I know enough to realize that when your heart doesn't blow up, it's a good thing. Best of luck with the rehab.
 

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Hi Kevin, good luck on your rehab. Larry
 

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Hi Kevin, thank you for the update. Best wishes to you on your rehab...love to hear more about your meds, diet, routines, etc. We all want you to be better than before....<br><br>
BTW, Happy Chinese New Year! Eat healthy and well. Enjoy your new life and many blessings.
 

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Hey Kevin... Just saw this thread and the original. I can relate! Although it only took three rounds with the paddles for me to come back. lol<br><br>
Mine happened in 2004 and it's still a whole new world. Man, I used to be bullet proof and invisible! Now, not so much!<br><br>
I remember the first stress tests well. I felt exactly the same way! It was such a relief to see my heart rate get that high and not explode!<br><br>
I hope your experience with cardio rehab was better than mine. Back then, at age 48, I was the youngest there by 20 yrs and <i>everything</i> was pretty much geared to that age group. Coupled with the fact that it was not close to my house and it was up in the air about my insurance covering it, I lasted about 3 sessions.<br><br>
When I said, "thanks, but no thanks" I could tell by everybody's look there that they thought I was going home to sit on the couch. Nope, that's when this whole running thing started for me.<br><br>
My advice is to try it all, but if you don't think it's best for you, you are "allowed" to structure your own recovery and fitness plan.
 

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Thanks for the update, Kevin. I can imagine having some trepidation about trying to run again. I'll be interested to hear what they have you do during rehab.<br><br>
I read through your story a few more times recently and it still floors me.
 

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.....easy does it kevin//........pretty good time on the StressTest too.......
 

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Just read your story, totally amazing, you are one lucky guy. Thanks for sharing this and good luck with your recovery. Glad to put my first post here.
 

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Hey <b>Kevin</b>, good luck with the rehab, and thanks for keeping us posted. Everyone here is certainly pulling for you to get back to form soon.<br><br>
And a nice motivational post by <b>Fatman</b> as well, thanks for sharing.
 

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Kevin<br>
You might find this forum useful<br><a href="http://www.cardiacathletes.org.uk/forums/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.cardiacathletes.org.uk/forums/index.php</a><br><br>
Roy
 

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I'm supposed to be in the cardiac rehab program for 12 weeks. I went into the wrong room at first, so I saw the regular group. And, yes, they are much older than I am. They are supposed to use the initial stress test to place you at the proper point in rehab. We'll see. I was told that many younger people drop out of the class after a few weeks. My cardiologist wants me to complete the entire program though before she approves my return to normal activities with no restrictions.
 

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Hey Kevin,<br>
Good to hear your updates. Listen to your doc. That's why she get's the big bucks!
 

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Kevin,<br>
I love reading about your recovery, please keep the updates coming!<br><br>
Fatmantrying,<br>
Glad you've recovered, too. Wow.<br><br>
Roy the Jogger,<br>
I like that site, caridiac athletes! What a great resource!
 
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