A not so funny thing happened after my fun trip to Scottsdale, AZ, at Barrett-Jackson.
Back home, I thought I had pulled a chest muscle the night before the Super Bowl because I had tried a different angle on doing my daily morning regimen of push-ups. I felt soreness…and for some reason, my bi-cep on my left side was also sore. Heart issue? We’ve all heard the stories….”shooting pain down your left side” etc. So I went on line to look up the symptoms. I had none of them. Just this goofy soreness in my chest and bicep. Put ice on it. Felt better…went to sleep.
(an aside : My wife often states if it wasn’t for wives in our lives, us guys would all be dead! We don’t seem to take stuff like this seriously, or are too clueless (or MACHO) to see what’s ahead! All of our friends agree with her….including most of the men!)
The next morning the pain returned. I took a couple of ibuprofen, but instead of getting better, it got worse. Soon, that mild soreness became radiating pain, followed by sweats and then light headedness. My wife called 9-1-1, and I had a new story to talk about….an AMBULANCE story. Turned out, I had a heart attack. My “Widowmaker” artery….100% blocked. As luck would have it, my cardiologist was already at the hospital at 730am….on Super Bowl Sunday, because….he decided to do his rounds early because….he was going to a Super Bowl party later on. He saw me get brought in on a gurney….took a look at my EKG’s….and immediately sent me to the cath-lab. One stent later, and i’m on my way to a FULL RECOVERY.
TWO reasons for blogging this on “Talking About Cars”.
1) AN EXCUSE. Obviously, new Talking About Cars podcasts will be delayed a few weeks. I’m hoping to get new ones up on ITunes and Soundcloud at the end of March. and
2) A WARNING. I had NO advance medical signs this could happen. My cholesterol levels were all within limits. I ate healthy. Didn’t see this coming at all. The warning, if you are of a certain age….get your stress test! Start eating healthy. NEVER overlook your heart health. I’m alive today because LA Fire Department Paramedics and the Cardiac Specialists at West Hills Hospital did that thing they do….and saved me!! Our obsession with classic cars is fun!! Don’t let yours come to a premature end.
in the meantime, while we wait for Talking About Cars 54!! check out my Talking About Cars interview….with Richard Rawlings on Generation Auto TV’s youtube.com account!!