Dr. Mark Posted October 24, 2013 Share Posted October 24, 2013 (edited) I know most a bunch of us are...ahem...of a certain age, and we really should be taking better care of ourselves. Let me urge you to GET YOUR MAINTENANCE PHYSICALS DONE NOW. All of us over the age of 40 or 50 need: A chest Xray. Our labs checked, including cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL, PSA, CBC metabolic panel(that includes your electrolytes, liver panel, kidney function, blood sugar, that sort of thing) An EKG at the very least, and preferably a cardiac stress test. A colonoscopy. Today, one of my best friends in the world went in for a stress test. Known him since we were sophomores in high school. He and I ride together, he and all his brothers are Harley guys, but he's been looking hard at the 2014 Indians. We were going make a trip to a test ride in a month or so, so he could check them out. He is Special Forces, Army reserves, just came back from Afghanistan 10 months ago, in good shape, runs daily, lifts weights...but he told me last week that he'd been getting a 'pressure' feeling in his chest when he ran, and exerted himself, and then the other day, he was chasing one of his horses, and developed chest pain and he got nauseated. I got him to go see one of my friends/classmates who is a cardiologist, to get tested. MG called me a few minutes ago. He had 99% blockage in his LAD (the big one) and had just had a stent placed. He is in the CVS recovery room now. It can happen to any of us. You would not ride your bike without checking the air pressure and oil level. Treat your body the same way. Most of us are way past time for rotating the tires and changing the oil. Do it now. Go get checkups, dammit. Edited October 25, 2013 by Dr. Mark 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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