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My dad is 66. 11 days ago he collapsed while out with his running club. He had had a heart attack. This came completely out of the blue because from June 2007 for a year he had been taking part in his own personal challenge - to run 65 races to celebrate his 65th birthday. He had not long completed the challenge when he had his heart attack.
He's very fit, lean, a non-smoker, hardly drinks (1 unit a month if that!), does not eat any meat and eats a very virtuous, low-fat diet. In spite of this, his GP had been monitoring his cholesterol level for a few years, which although slightly raised, was not worth doing anything about - according to them. Similarly, he had just been found to have slightly raised blood pressure which was odd given his physical condition - nothing too much to worry about but he was put on some tablets, which as well as lowering blood pressure were also designed to help him stop wee-ing all night long (which is what he went to the GP for in the first place!.)
Anyway, his heart attack appears to have been caused by hereditary factors (cholesterol and BP only at the upper end of normal). He had to have a stent put in as an emergency immediately after his attack because of the blockage of one of his arteries which they couldn't clear through drugs. Although he's now out of hospital, we still don't know the full extent of the damage to his heart because he is still waiting for an echo-cardiogram. His own GP suggested that, because he had collapsed at the time of his heart attack, there may have been complications - ie it was more than 'just' a heart attack, but no-one in his cardiac care team said anything about that.
He's due to be seeing a rehabilitation nurse next week. Does anyone who has been there or who is involved in cardiac care have any suggestions as to the sort of thing which he should be aiming for in his rehabilitation? He will obviously make it known to the nurse that he wants to get back running when it's appropriate, but we obviously don't know enough yet to say when this might be.
Any tales of recovery which might spur him on? I think he's very slowly coming to terms with what has happened to him. Up until a couple of weeks ago when this happened, he was doing 30+ miles a week and feeling fine.