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

Living With A Stent Graft

living with an aortic stent


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 hundreds of people with vascular stents seeking input, guidance, or just someone to talk to about their condition, and how to deal with much needed exercise. Safely!

We all need inspiration, when life’s challenges come along.

stent or no stent: Inspiring book by Benjamin Carey of Heartosaurus. From :

Here’s an inspiring story, for you. Sure inspired me!

If you have a heart stent, and you’re concerned about exercising, follow this link to Bob Scott’s story. Bob’s been living with a stent for years. It’s the second post on this blog, of over 1,000 posts. I just enjoy writing this stuff.

If you are considering returning to your sport, with a health problem, such as an aortic dissection  or Marfan’s Disease, consider reading the post on Benefit-Risk Assessment, at this link. Remember, no exercise is not good for you, whatever people might say. Just do it wisely, by learning how to move.

You can browse around this blog in the search box (which is near the bottom on my iPhone, weirdly enough). Just paste in a key word, such as aging, angioplasty, Ironman, stretching, and so-forth.

If you are interested in my studies of ‘so-called plantar fasciitis’ aka acute morning heel pain, it’s all on this blog somewhere, and it’s condensed into an e-book, Plantar Fasciitis: An Evolving Research And Treatment Strategy

If you want to know how this blog came about, the story is presented in the following short video:

Here’s FitOldDog’s Story

You Can Get Your Life Back On Track

But Do It Wisely!

This Is How I Did It!

Living With An Aortic Stent

What’s Your Plan?

This is what Jim The Runner had to say about my first book, on Amazon:living with an aortic stent“You come back from the doctor and he tells you have a AAA aneurysm. What is that?!!! The author is a man of perfect health who did marathons and ironman triathlons. He finds out he has a ticking time-bomb in his belly ready to rupture. He covers the initial shock, how to handle the surgery event, post surgery and how to get your life back. You will find out how fortunate you are to find this aneurysm before it ruptures and you bleed to death inside your body. Knowledge is power and thanks to modern science, you will be saved by a dacron stent. The author will walk you through most of the questions that flood your brain after the doctor breaks the news to you. If your aneurysm is not in the danger zone (>5 cm), you will get tips on what you can do to help yourself keep the aneurysm in the safe zone. If are in the danger zone, you can look at some of the surgery options. He will talk about EVAR surgery where your surgeon doesn’t have to cut you open, but uses this minimally invasive alternative with a high success rate. He will go over your attitude and how you can get back to doing most all the activities you did before. He will point out some extreme activities you should avoid. Lastly he will show how he was able to recovery his life back to the point where he could do the Ironman Triathlon again (swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles). He provides links to other helpful sites. After you read this it will give you confidence that you too can get your life back. It worked for me. I am back running again and I love it.”

Thanks Jim, that sure made my day.



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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.