AAA-Stent And Hypertension: Some More Personal Data

Hi Folks! (especially Pauline), Here are the results of a slightly more thorough experiment that I carried out today to further clarify the impact of exercise on my post-AAA-stent hypertension. I rode my CompuTrainer for an hour, using a wattage ramp in 10-minute steps of 10 watts from 80 to 130 watts, at a 90-95 cadence and three blood pressure measurements at each time point with my trusty Omron Device. Here are ... Read more

Does An Endovascular AAA-Stent Graft Induce Hypertension? We Need More Data!

Hi! Folks, The purpose of this post is to encourage you to gather data if you are dealing with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), with or without an endovascular stent graft, or any other life-threatening condition for that matter. You never know, it might help. Remember my early posts about how I discovered my abdominal aortic aneurysm? Much like Pauline [see comments], I noticed an abdominal pulse combined ... Read more

Facebook AAA Support Site

Hi! Folks, I was just writing a post for the Chez Ollie, and then thought it might be good to provide the link here. For athletes with aneurysm issues, other great sites include The Cardiac Athlete and The Athletes Heart Blog. Keep talking! It helps! Cheers, Kevin ... Read more

Travel Training Kit – Simplicity Is The Key

  Hi! Folks, I like to travel light. In fact, I travel so light that I get pulled out of the security line in airports because they just don't believe that I can travel around Europe for weeks with just a small, not overly-full backpack. This new computer, MacBook Air makes it even smaller. Happened again as I was leaving Paris CDG a few days ago. I say the same thing each time: "Look around at these ... Read more

Great Running Book By Earl W. Fee

Hi! Folks, I have been reading a truly excellent book on running that covers all aspects of training, and it includes lots of useful stuff for other sports (thanks for telling me about it, Pauline!). Highly recommended reading for triathletes, in my opinion! Here are some of the things I like so far: Excellent introduction to the biochemistry of energetics as it relates to running. Early focus in the ... Read more

Response to Matthew: Blisters and Toughening Your Feet

  Hi! Matthew, Thanks for the comment on barefoot running. I have found, as you have I am sure, that there are many advantages to the incorporation of barefoot running into my training regimen, including toughening my feet. I was glad to hear that the Australian runners you work with also take it seriously. For me, the main advantage has been strengthening my feet and ankles, especially the musculoskeletal ... Read more

Pre- And Post-AAA-Stent Fears, And Looking On The Bright Side

Hi! Folks, I am reading a most interesting book, 'The Rational Optimist' by Matt Ridley. As the title indicates, this work focuses on optimism, but it covers a wide range of topics, including the impact of technology and innovation on our well being. Who could be more aware of this issue than people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm? Our life expectancy and general happiness have been immeasurably improved by the ... Read more

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining, Even The Flu (As Long as You Survive!)

Hi! Folks, Well! I caught a mild flu the other day, and we all know what fun that is. But how do we get something positive out of the flu when we are on a training schedule? Firstly, forget the schedule! Secondly, see what you can learn! One thing I noticed whilst lying in bed with the flu years ago was that the muscular aches and pains aren't distributed randomly. They are generally worse in muscles that have ... 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.