I had a major heart attack on New Year’s day. I subsequently had open-heart surgery. Prior to the heart attack, I believed I was in “good shape”. I went to the gym 4-6 days weekly. I swam, worked out on equipment and weight-lifting; did stretching, yoga and ballet moves in a warm therapy pool to keep my joints loose.
Last August, I started losing weight and did not feel very good. It was a vague sick feeling – nothing I could point to specifically. I stopped going to the gym on a regular basis. Yet, I continued to lose weight.
I was 67 last August and 68 years old at the time of the heart attack. I spent a lifetime walking, in lieu of driving; riding a bike and generally, I was in good shape. Or so I thought.
At the hospital emergency room, I was rushed into “cardiac catheterization”, which failed. The doctor could not get the “wire” through my VERY small artery(ies).
Lo and behold – unknown to me, I had extremely SMALL arteries, somewhat of a birth defect!
Bottom line: if we do not know our weaknesses, we cannot control the future.