Greetings to all back in September I hinted in Dr Sleepy's thread of some health issues of my own and said that I would post something when it was sorted. Simply put after many years of smoking, drinking and probably not eating as healthy as one should, topped off with the motto exercise kills I had a very big wake up call. Long story short I was informed that I had severe blockages of two main arteries of the heart, one apparently at a very life threatening 99%. This Friday just gone I was lucky to be attended to by the very skillful Dr Anthony Camuglia at the PA Hospital in Brisvegas. There was a tricky and long process to deploy stents particularly in the left main feed in artery that had a nasty hairpin curve (not that good on a bike even worse for stents). Today I cannot describe how good I feel and to be honest 6 months ago I didn't think I was that bad either but things changed very quickly. I will not bang on but I do want to say this, if your male, have indulged in the lung lollies (even if you haven't), have a cholesterol problem, any history in your family of heart problems, slightly overweight and possibly don't eat as healthy as we all should. I would strongly encourage you to see your doctor ask to be referred for a Stress Echo test (not just a stress test) have it done it will be the best few hundred dollars you will ever spend. I was that close to dropping dead while doing nothing and didn't have any idea I was. All the warning signs I put down to getting older or pre-existing conditions even to the off I had 12 months ago. It was only when doing a brisk walk to a train station 600 meters away when I nearly collapsed and had bad chest pain (the first time I had those symptoms) that I realised I was in trouble. Don't brush off strange pains or shortness of breath while walking at normal pace as being just unfit think of your family your friends and most importantly yourself go and have a check up it may just save your life. Oh as one final note at 55 my blood pressure when checked by my GP was never any higher than 130 over 90. Cholesterol which I insisted be checked each year around 6-7 (the bad stuff) so don't be fooled that it may not be there if those signs are just slightly north of normal. End of sermon, down off the soapbox and looking forward to being able to continue being a PIA for my children and grandchildren and riding bikes and enjoying the company of all the like minded riders out there.