Originally Posted by Acer
go see a doc.
Please understand that surgeons are surgeons. Of course they want to cut you. That's what they do and they're **** good at it. If you were a classic Italian specialty mechanic and someone came in with a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT that was "only running at 25%" tell me you wouldn't jump at the chance to drop the engine and give it the overhaul of your career! Doesn't mean it wouldn't still be a sweet ride by taking the less intrusive approach...say draining the fluids, maybe gently flushing and refilling with good quality replacements. Perhaps an air filter change, gap the spark plugs and give her a good old fashioned hand wash, clay and wax...because everything runs better when it looks better
...You get the picture.
Similarly, it seems you are to some extent seeking treatment, or else you would not know your EF. You appear to be taking a conservative approach to treatment, judging by your statement that you have made lifestyle changes following your CA. Then again, the fact that you survived from SCA tells me you were likely under existing medical care at the time of the event. Therefore, you may have been seeking treatment for another condition..perhaps complications due to existing heart disease, or from COPD, the latter would be a contributing factor to smoke intolerance; or perhaps due to any number of acute traumas associated with SCA. Maybe it happened in the OR during a scheduled surgery. Of course, you could have been born with a congenital heart defect making you more prone to CA-inducing arrhythmia. Indeed, CT's are known to be imperfect for the use of detecting MI so it's further possible that you had an MI and not an SCA. Who's to know?
So without knowing jack about jack, maybe a 0.3u air filter will work to limit your inhalation of particulate carbon to a more tolerable level; but, if you indeed experienced SCA you may want to consider carrying a portable AED if you don't already do so. This means training those you hike with to know how use it.
Again, don't be too hard on surgeons. Can't fault them for wanting to do what they do best..especially because they feel it's in your best interest. Take it as a compliment if they want to cut you; it means they feel you have a low likelihood of dying in their OR (lawsuits
). Anyway, I love doing what I do as well. Only I work in forensics. Unsurprisingly, it just so happens that surviving family regularly tell us that 'ma or 'pa (or whomever) doggedly stood one major sentiment:
Originally Posted by HURTHEART
I stay away from the Doctors as much as possible.
Be well. Hope to see you on trail some day.