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Cardiologist Follow Up

I had a follow up appointment with my cardiologist today. Prior to this and right after my angiogram I was told by the cardiologist that I had a 40% blockage and that 40% wasn’t bad. He said during my appointment today that a 40% blockage isn’t bad and is normal. He said that most people have blockages in this range. He said my heart was strong and healthy. The anomalies in the stress test, that prompted the angiogram showed that I had depressed heart function. The angiogram proved the stress test wrong. The cardiologist said the only concern is me being type 2 diabetic puts me at higher risk of heart problems and I would need to see a cardiologist annually. It is now apparent that my chest pains were just pains in my pectoral due to benching in a powerlifting meet. I am relieved that I don’t have heart problems and it was a good thing I had it checked out. At least I know the condition of my heart and I can take steps to prevent it from getting worse.


I had an angiogram this morning. I had a stress test last week and due to having extra heart beats, it caused anomalies in my stress test. The stress test showed that I had depressed heart function. The angoigram went well and the cardologist said my hear was strong and healthy. I had a 40% blockage in one of my arteries, which the cardiologist said it wasn’t bad. I am restricted from lifting for two weeks due to the catheter insertion point in my right femoral artery.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Last weekend I traveled to Chicago for business and got back home this afternoon. We had a disaster recovery test for one of the divisions of our company. I spent 24 hours in the hospital due to chest pains. They started on Thursday night before I went out of town. It was a sharp pain in my right pectoral. I thought it might have been an after affect of my powerlifting meet. Friday while in Chicago I had another chest pain. It started to concern me, so I took some aspirin in case it was heart related. The next morning I had another chest pain, so I decided I needed to get this checked out. I went to the hospital and they kept me over night for observation. During this time I had three blood tests and three EKG’s. All the tests were negative for a heart attack. My next step is to get a stress test, which I am doing next Monday.

AM Body Weight

AM body weight = 232.5
We got in around 11:30 PM last night from a trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin for my wife’s family reunion. It was a good relaxing vacation and a nice break from the Texas heat. I was happy this morning to see my weight didn’t increase and I maintained my body weight. I stuck to my diet and had my carb load/re-feed on Saturday at the family reunion. Typically it takes several days to get my weight back down from the carb load/re-feed. I wasn’t able to weigh at the end of the week last week, so I am not certain of what I weighed. Since my body weight Tuesday morning was back down from my carb load/re-feed, I figure I must have lost some weight. At the rate things are going, I should lose at least a pound by the end of the week.

USAPL Raw Nationals Update

I decided on Friday to not compete at USAPL Raw Nationals. This is due to changing my focus to my health and the weight loss required to optimize my health. Since I have type 2 diabetes, reducing my body fat levels will improve my diabetes control and possibly reverse it. Abdominal fat or more specifically visceral fat, which is internal and surrounds the organs can cause type 2 diabetes and other health related problems. This type of fat impairs liver function and having hepatitis C, it is imperative that I lose weight. Having hepatitis C prevents me from taking oral diabetes medications and leaves me with the option of taking insulin, which my physician was recommending. I one weeks time I have made good progress by going back to a low carb diet. My physician said he will hold off on his recommendation of insulin since my progress is good. I have a follow up in 4 to 6 weeks. Deciding to not compete at Raw Nationals was a tough decision, but now since I am not competing, it has taken the pressure off and gives me the chance to improve my health. I have allowed powerlifting to get in they way of my health. It is not powerlifting that has caused my diabetes control to be lax, but an excuse. I feel like if I would have tried to reach my health goals and compete at Raw Nationals both would be adversely affected. I don’t want to do a national level meet with a high possibility of not performing well. Since I was half way through my training cycle for Raw Nationals and wanted to test my strength, I will be competing in a NASA meet in Alvin, TX on Saturday.