At 11 AM on July 19, 2019 I had a massive heart attack at my desk at work in Pickering. Thankfully and very gratefully I was rushed to SHN Centenary hospital’s Cardiac Care unit and immediately had a stent put in. After a few days I was sent home and began my heart healthy lifestyle thanks to the Dr’s,
“I graduated from the cardio rehab exercise program on August 20th, 2020, but it wasn’t always that easy along the way, so, I came up with a 5 step strategy which helped me to finish. MESSAGE, from my wife Lee, it’s only for your benefit. MOVE, from Kristen, my exercise theoropist, who introduced me to collateralization.
My cardiac arrest happened while I was cycling north of Pickering. I was rescued by The fire Dept. , EMS and police and taken to Centenary Hospital. My by-pass operation in St Mike’s was nearly 9 years ago. I joined the rehab program about 3 months later and never regretted it. Within 9 months I was able to complete the 220km cancer ride to Niagara Falls.
I underwent triple bypass last June and joined the SHN cardiac rehab program a month after.
The program taught me the importance of exercising regularly and eating healthy. Here I learned to eat smaller portions, drink more water instead of soda, snacking on unsalted nuts & dried cranberries instead of potato chips.
I had my angiogram and also diagnosed of a valve related issue. The doctor’s have advised that I might have to undergo a valve transplant. Currently I have been advised to do the heart related exercises to keep all the symptoms under control. My Exercise Therapist from Rehab inquire and advises me on weekly basis,