Scythe Posted July 24, 2019 Share Posted July 24, 2019 Long post November 2nd 2015 a day that is forever etched into my mind. It seemed like a normal day. Got up loaded up the car and went to a pickup game at one of the local rinks for a 12 to 2 session. I remember feeling extra tired during the skate. I remember thinking my skates must need to be sharpened logic being i was working extra hard moving around on the dull blades. I didn't take a shower at the rink that day just packed up and drove home. Once home i got into the shower and when i was getting out it hit me, it felt like weight sitting on my chest, i couldn't breath normally, pain ... i thought it was just a cramp .. i was having a heart attack. I really don't think I'd be here telling this story if it wasn't for my girlfriend showing up moments after i got out of the shower and calling 911 as I was on the floor rolling around. Thank you Christa you truly are an angel. The FD got there quick the station was less than a mile away from the house. After they got my vitals i was put into the ambulance. Once wheeled into the ER it seemed like 20 people talking and moving fast all around cutting of my clothes. In the operating room the doctor placed a stent into the lower part of my heart through my wrist. There's been at least one study on the relationship of (recreational) ice hockey and heart attacks. The report I read said the short bursts of speed during a players shift then coming back to sit on the bench could have something to do with it. Especially if the player is not a professional athlete. They recommend a regular exercise regimen away from the rink. We all heard about Alan Thicke's incident. He was playing with his son the day he had a heart attack and later died at the hospital. I am trying to stick to a good diet and regular exercise. i can do better though. One of the first things i asked my doctor after telling him thank you for saving my life, was can I play hockey again. He said to do everything i was doing before. Not immediately of course but once he gave the ok. Just be mindful of it guys and gals. I know when were young we are invincible but know the warning signs of heart attacks. Ask your rinks to get AED's if they don't already. Familiar yourself with one. They're easy to work, some have spoken instructions when they're opened and learn hands only CPR. Have a good day everybody it's great to be here with you all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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