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 Post subject: Re: Damn heart problems (again)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:10 am 
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Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:

Yes, I am sure that over the years the intensity of the training has stressed my heart. I'm fit but I would imagine there's also been damage that has occurred, and I already know that my heart is a lot larger than an average person for a start.

The 196bpm was actually from the exercise test I did with the cardiologist last month :? The highest I have ever hit in training was 191. If I'm honest I feel pretty comfortable and in control right up until my HR gets into the high 180's (as in I can still hold a conversation); the cardiologist told me that I simply have a high aerobic threshold which is probably why I can hold a fast/hard pace for a long time.

I'm back into the training again now (powerlifting rather than the endurance stuff), but I'm definately aware that I need to be careful. Just to put things into perspective, the cardiologist explained to me that during a 24hr Holter Test an average person would typically have 500-1,000 ectopic heartbeats. During my 24hr test I had over 18,000!


Did I read above in one of those documents that you take fish oils? I ask because you know sometimes fish oils can exacerbate or trigger irregular heart beats in some people.

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 Post subject: Re: Damn heart problems (again)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:35 pm 
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Did I read above in one of those documents that you take fish oils? I ask because you know sometimes fish oils can exacerbate or trigger irregular heart beats in some people.

Thanks for the info Kora ~ I use this one which is sourced from algae:

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(the little green tick on the bottom right of the bottle says 'vegan friendly' :)

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 Post subject: Re: Damn heart problems (again)
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Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:
Kora wrote:
Did I read above in one of those documents that you take fish oils? I ask because you know sometimes fish oils can exacerbate or trigger irregular heart beats in some people.

Thanks for the info Kora ~ I use this one which is sourced from algae:

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(the little green tick on the bottom right of the bottle says 'vegan friendly' :)



Ah that makes more sense. lol :)

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 Post subject: Re: Damn heart problems (again)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:42 am 
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Sorry to learn about your health niggles. You seem to have the right attitude. Attitude of the right sort is important.

You would benefit from daily (yes, every day) periods of relaxation. It doesn't have to be Zen meditation or Golden Dawn assumption of godforms. just simple relaxation so that your whole body and mind (your body-mind) relaxes.

Recalling feelings of love will also help. Recall times when you felt love and times when you felt loved. Feel the feelings you did then. If appropriate, remember how it was to feel loved as a child - that nice, warm, safe and comfortable feeling.

Deliberately smile at frequent moments throughout the day. When we deliberately smile we release the same chemicals as when we spontaneously smile - the so-called Duchenne smile. The smile must be as close to a spontaneous one as possible. The corners of the mouth turn up and there is a change around the eyes. The outer edges crinkle and the cheeks puff up beneath them. A spontaneous smile is often accompanied by a short out breath through the nostrils as if a laugh is beginning. Almost imperceptible but it is there.

The same goes for laughter. I make myself laugh quite often. I remember funny incidents or tell myself jokes. Laughter truly is wonderful medicine. If you can't make yourself laugh by recalling funny moments the soup spoon method will work. You look at your reflection in the back of a soup spoon and move it closer to your face until the ludicrous reflection has you spluttering with laughter. It never fails. You can hold the spoon horizontally or vertically.

You could also do visualisation techniques in which you imagine your narrow artery being widened.

Go steady on the exercise. You want to build yourself up not tear yourself down.

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 Post subject: Re: Damn heart problems (again)
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Great post Martin, appreciate your words and insight. Thank you !!

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 Post subject: Re: Damn heart problems (again)
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Take care of yourself, James.

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 Post subject: Re: Damn heart problems (again)
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2 questions mini forklift.

1) Are you consuming any seed oils?

2) Are you subjected to any air pollution? And were you subjected to air pollution when you were visiting Auckland?

Edit: I just noticed where you are from and it doesn't seem like a healthy place to live.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8745856/Air-pollution-levels-high-in-Christchurch


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