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Discussion: Health-silent killer

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Jan. 5, 2011
garyheifner
349 posts
Health-silent killer
Just had my annual physical which included a cat scan of my heart area and neck area. My new cardiologist said, hey, you have never had the abdominal scan and lets do one because:
"Abdominal Aneurysms" are the silent killer. No pain-no warning. Your major artery simply expands in an area until it blows and you bleed out in 3 minutes. It appears up to 3 million in our age range have one, don't know it, and 33,000 die each year and don't know what hit them. Guess what? I have one. Operation on the 27th. It will knock me out of the TOC in Feb. That sucks, but I guess it beats dying. Might want to talk to your doc about this.
Jan. 5, 2011
ShaneV
Men's 55
381 posts
Teammate had one. Doctor found it while looking for something else. Major operation, life saved.

ShaneV
Jan. 5, 2011
Marv19
Men's 60
429 posts
Your not alone: My accountant caught his one night when he said he could bounce quarters off his stomach when his heart beat at age 60. He had his fixed and hes now 76. Most notable non survivors are Harvey Korman, Lucille Ball, Albert Einstein, George C. Scott and Conway Twitty. What they all had in common is they all smoked. God be with you.
Jan. 6, 2011
surf88
Men's 60
862 posts
Gary Really glad you discovered it and plan to resolve it. There will be other TOC opportunities. We need to all watch our health and physical conditions more closely. I discovered, by accident, that I had prostate cancer. We went through the shock syndrome and elected to have robotic surgery. The surgeon came in and said that I had it 10 years and it got out. They had to watch my blood work closely. Last May, my PSA numbers started to climb again so we again, decided to do the IMRT radiation therapy. It was a tough 38 days and finished it 2 days before Phoenix. Just got blood results back a few weeks ago and PSA is dropping dramatically. Thank God. So to you and to all of us out there playing senior ball, take time to get checked out whenever and wherever you can. We are not invincable as we all thought we were. Ed
Jan. 6, 2011
slomo
47 posts
Gary, the best to you. My prayers and thoughts to you and family. Thank the Lord your MD found it and your having it taken care of. It's too darn cold to play ball anyway, even in Florida! So i'll see you on the ballfields in the spring!!!!! Pat
Jan. 30, 2011
garyheifner
349 posts
Well guys had the operation Thursday-still breathing Dr. Toucheck out of Chicago is internationaly known for this procedure. No SB for at least 8 weeks and a few follow up tests. I was real close to it blowing and then I would havehad 3 minutes to say goodbye. Doc said once again I fit the profile-White, over 60 and a male. Next physical ask your doc about the screening.
Jan. 31, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3936 posts
glad to hear you made it thru it in good condition gary,hope everything stays well and your recuperation goes well.
Jan. 31, 2011
Pitcherman
Men's 50
40 posts
Gary, glad to hear everything went well. There will be many more TOCs.
Jan. 31, 2011
Tater50
336 posts
Gary: glad you are doing great!!
And thanks for the Vital info.

Prayers sent your way for an expedient recovery!!

Tater50
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