Living With A Stent Since 2010, And Still Training (Carefully)

Living With A Stent Since 2010, And Still Training (Carefully)

Living With A Stent Graft Welcome! I expect you're here because you're living with a stent of some kind, be it in your aorta, brain, heart, or some other vascular location. Or you have a family member or friend in such a challenging situation. My work is largely based on an abdominal aortic aneurysm experience, which started during an Ironman race in 2010. It's been quite a trip. Since then, I've encountered ... Read more

Safe Exercise With A Stent Using FitOldDog’s Training Wheel

Safe Exercise With A Stent Using FitOldDog's Training Wheel

Are You Stuck In A Rut? Safe Exercise With A Stent? How? Get your wheels turning again with FitOldDog! Why a wheel? Because wheels work! Life goes in cycles. So does healthy exercise! Life has been using wheels effectively for over 2,500,000,000 years! The Stent Blog says, on exercise with a heart stent: "...really depends on you and what you did physically before your stent." I agree, but there's ... Read more

Aortic Surgery: Fourteen Simple Tips To Help Your Patients!

Aortic Surgery: Fourteen Simple Tips To Help Your Patients!

Aorta Patient's Perspective? After Aortic Surgery, You're Essentially On Your Own! It can't be helped! It's up to us, to help each other! Much Appreciated Aortic Surgeons Are Too Busy, Saving Other Lives! Aortic surgery is modern magic, that has saved my life, and that of countless others. New aortic surgery techniques could have extended the life of Albert Einstein, but he was born too soon. They did what ... Read more

Aneurysm Symptoms: Anxiety And My Favorite Things!

Aneurysm Symptoms: Anxiety And My Favorite Things!

Aneurysm Symptoms: Anxiety This song might seem trite, but it works for me! Life is brief, aortic aneurysm, or not! Aneurysm symptoms include considerable anxiety. What an interesting syndrome. And I thought I was the only one! I did, eventually, come to terms with it. Fortunately! What does one expect, when your main blood pipeline is in trouble. You wake up one day, to find you are an aortic ... Read more

Vegan Athlete With Aortic Stent: Luckier Than Albert Einstein!

FitOldDog Is A Lucky Aortic Patient Research Investment, And Lots Of People Thinking! Aortic stent technology has come a long way. Thank goodness. I was in the hospital overnight, for my abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft placement. Almost six(6) years later, I'm still competing in Ironman races. Here is a little about Albert Einstein's treatment for AAA - the best available at the time (Full article on ... Read more

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Half Ironman, Graft Versus Stent, Graft Won!

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Half Ironman, Graft Versus Stent, Graft Won!

Pauline and I had a very enjoyable, though hot, race at the 2015 Eagleman Half Ironman event, in Cambridge, Maryland, last weekend. Pauline left me far behind, but we both finished unhurt, unlike a number of people carried away in ambulances with heat stress or dehydration. Rupert (my Cook Zenith Stent Graft) and I were really looking forward to this race, not expecting a fast time, and not really competing with ... Read more

When You Need A Plumber From The Perspective Of The Aortic Disease Patient

When You Need A Plumber From The Perspective Of The Aortic Disease Patient

What's that noise (symptom)? A change in life as we know it? Time to call the plumber? Thoughts of an aortic disease patient. We had a water leak a few days ago, due to the coldest weather ever, combined with leaving a window open just above the pipe in our cellar. I came in early, just by chance, and Deb had left the house about 10 minutes earlier. The timing was critical, as it is with aortic disease, my ... Read more

Important News: “Training exercise did not influence rate of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) enlargement”

Important News: "Training exercise did not influence rate of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) enlargement"

A number of people have accused (yes, accused) me of inducing my abdominal aortic aneurysm by undertaking endurance sports, in the form of Ironman, at an older age. Never made any sense to me, as it is clearly a connective tissue disorder, based on aortic fluid mechanics alone. The article referred to below supports my case. And here are the conclusions of this recent research study on the issue, posted ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.