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TexasTuff
10-17-2012, 09:39 AM
I guess one of my tubes got bent to far an it's about to rupture. The Aorta just below the heart. Yesterday the doctor said this is not a good thing so I get a CT this am and schedule surgery tomorrow am.

I went day before yesterday to have a sonogram in preparation for having the veins in my legs drilled out (a relatively new procedure) when they found this aortic aneurysm. Just because I'm sure everyone will want to know, normal size of the aorta is 3 cm, they treat at 5 cm and mine is now 6 cm when I'm at rest. That's almost 2.5 inches. If you don't know, the aorta is the main trunk leaving your heart that distributes blood to the body.

Take care of yourself when your young guys and gals, maybe this will not happen to you. And for *** sake, quit smoking.

KoolKat
10-17-2012, 10:26 AM
Our thoughts are with you. Check in with us when you're feeling up to it.

richl
10-17-2012, 10:41 AM
Best wishes for you TT. Many positive vibes from me heading your way.

rich

Tradetek
10-17-2012, 10:57 AM
Wow, sorry to hear that you were due for the leg procedure but glad that it revealed a much more serious issue and wishing you the best for tomorrow and the days after!

darnthedog
10-17-2012, 03:44 PM
Take Care TT- I believe John Ritter from Three Company passed away from a rupted aorta- Bled to death before they could even operate. So it is very good they caught this now rather than later. Good luck to you and please get back with us when you feel up to it.

TexasTuff
10-18-2012, 12:37 PM
I don't know wither to be mad or glad. Three days of anguish, but the CT scan from yesterday showed the aortic aneurysm to be less than 4 cm whereas the sonogram from a few days ago showed it to be 6 cm. The surgeon said to check back in a year to see if it is getting larger. They don't do a stint or surgery until it exceeds 5 cm.

Back to riding again.

Thanks for caring.

Tradetek
10-18-2012, 01:15 PM
Well I hope that this truly is good news and sorry to hear that you have had to go through this sort of stress. Having had to deal with so many significant medical issues in my immediate family (some of which were life threatening) I can definitely sympathize with you and your family.

I would recommend that you get a decent heart rate monitor with a chest band and use it to help keep your heart in check while you pedal yourself to a healthy heart and hopefully avoid surgery entirely.

I personally use the Polar brand monitors with the "My Zone" feature. They use your age, sex, weight to and heart rate response to help keep you the proper range based on your target goal.

KoolKat
10-18-2012, 02:50 PM
Well I hope that this truly is good news and sorry to hear that you have had to go through this sort of stress. Having had to deal with so many significant medical issues in my immediate family (some of which were life threatening) I can definitely sympathize with you and your family.

I would recommend that you get a decent heart rate monitor with a chest band and use it to help keep your heart in check while you pedal yourself to a healthy heart and hopefully avoid surgery entirely.

I personally use the Polar brand monitors with the "My Zone" feature. They use your age, sex, weight to and heart rate response to help keep you the proper range based on your target goal.

Good news that you don't need surgery right now, but it's definitely a concern. The heart monitor is a great idea.

TexasTuff
10-18-2012, 06:08 PM
I would recommend that you get a decent heart rate monitor with a chest band and use it to help keep your heart in check while you pedal yourself to a healthy heart and hopefully avoid surgery entirely.

I personally use the Polar brand monitors with the "My Zone" feature. They use your age, sex, weight to and heart rate response to help keep you the proper range based on your target goal.
Thanks again for your good thoughts, all of you.
Tradetek, sorry to say, Iím past the heart monitor stage. I have 2 speeds. 45 bpm and 85 bpm. My defibrillator has a little springboard inside, like a diving board. When itís still, my heart rate is 45 bpm and when I bounce up and down, like walking, 85 bpm. Sometimes when Iím riding on a very smooth road I can tell my heart dropped off to 45 bpm and Iíll bounce up and down in the seat to kick it back up to 85 bpm. I wish it had a 110 bpm overdrive. It does limit the speed I can ride but not the distance/time that I can ride.
My higher power and technology has kept me going since age 32 when I had my first heart attack while playing tennis. Cardiac arrest, 2:45 no heart beat, 2 defibs to restore heart beat. Age 47, 5 way bypass. During that 11 years I had 2 more HAís either riding a bike or working out in the gym. I donít know when they happened but I lost heart muscle at 2 different times. Now 25 years later 4 grafts have failed. I have 1 vein running to the front of my heart muscle. 8 years ago I had a stint put in that worked for awhile. The last few years Iíve had 4 cardiac ablations. 3 to relieve Afib, that mostly worked and one to relieve PVCís that Iím sorry didnít work, thus the defibrillator.
We all have disabilities to overcome. I ride most days. When I started riding again I could only ride a couple of miles. The only limit I have now is my speed and time. At my speed I run out of time to ride. Iíve never allowed any of the above to limit what Iíve wanted/needed to do in life.
The biggest disability to overcome is laziness. Get out and ride and quit smoking. Eat more veggies. Get plenty of sleep. Just all the common sense things associated with life.
And kiss everyone you love goodnight even if they are not with you.

Tradetek
10-18-2012, 08:31 PM
And kiss everyone you love goodnight even if they are not with you.

That is the best advice of all!

And wow, you are a testament to the wonders of heart surgery and technology! But does your heart rate really not go over 85 bpm?

And I also understand PVC's, boy can they be tiring! I don't have any "real" heart issues, except for some reason about 10 years ago it was discovered that I get about 10 times as many PVC's as a normal person under normal conditions and that increases under duress... so stressful days are truly exhausting!

But like you said, we all have our disabilities, and a long time ago when I first started dealing with mine while in college when I diagnosed with a "generalized seizure disorder" versus now officially being diagnosed with epilepsy, I learned that it is better and easier to figure out how to adjust your life and attitude to accodate your disabilities, whatever they may be, instead of letting them control you. Flexibility and acceptance is the key as you have learned, and I'm glad to see that you continue to participate here and hope you are back in the "saddle" again soon.

TexasTuff
10-18-2012, 09:57 PM
But does your heart rate really not go over 85 bpm?
Tradetek, I've not taken time to understand all the differences between a pacemaker and a defibrillator. I think the pacemakers have more logic than the defibrillator. Main function of the defibrillator is to detect A-fib and/or PVC's, stop the heart and use it's pacemaker function to return it to a normal beat. The defibrillator sees the PVC's as a normal heartbeat, therein the problem. I have at least one and often more PVC's between normal beats so to the defibrillator sees the heart as running much faster than than it really is.
We've discussed solutions such as completely ablating the heart and allow a pacemaker to completely control the rhythm of the heart. A pacemaker is much smarter at detecting the needs of the body and controlling the heart. That may be in the future. I think they would do it now if I pushed a little.
As we get older and the heart weakens, PVC's tend to become more of a problem for some. Learning what triggers them can be a big help. I hope yours stays under control.
I'm back in the saddle now. I went for a short ride this afternoon. The weather here is great now with temps in the mid 80's. I'll ride again for a couple of hours in the morning.
I love the Spirit that my son helped me with and much prefer it to my trike. It's lighter, I go faster and further.
I would still like to build one more trike. A FWD MBB delta. It would have a very short wheelbase and hopefully lighter.

George

Tradetek
10-18-2012, 10:32 PM
Never realized pacemakers were in that much control.

Glad to hear you were able to enjoy your day today!

socialtalker
10-19-2012, 01:37 PM
get well soon!

John Lewis
10-31-2012, 04:48 AM
Hi TT,
I hope you get that problem sorted. It sounds like something you need to keep a close eye on.

I have a question for you concerning the pacemaker/defib that you have.
Does it prevent you from using an arc welder and simiar? I had been told that welding was out after one of these is fitted.

John

TexasTuff
10-31-2012, 08:25 AM
Hi John, saw your other post before this one.
When I got an interest in building my son had a mig and he was doing the welding on our builds. Over a period of time I started holding parts while he welded and never set the defibrillator off. I was given a couple of welders this past weekend and did a little welding yesterday with no ill effects. I did as I'm sure you will and read all the opinions and studies on the internet. I've also worked on engines/alternators, replaced breakers in the breaker box, etc. My son-in-law has a man working for him that welds daily with a defibrillator.
The manufacture of the defibrillator has a long list of things not to do. The manufacturer of my device is Boston Scientific (http://www.bostonscientific.com/home.bsci/,,/navRelId/.1000/seo.serve). I'm sure they have some literature about it.
The answer is NO you can't weld. I'm not advising that you do. I also think there is a lot of "cover their ass" maybe.
YMMV
George

John Lewis
10-31-2012, 09:14 AM
Thanks for that information George. It all helps.

As I said in the other post I won't rally know until I see the specialist.

John

Petone_NZ
11-03-2012, 07:48 AM
Gentlemen! I'm thinking of you both TT/JL and glad that you're aware of your situations and can do something about it.

Regarding the "no welding", is that simply "no electric welding"? I have one of these oxy-acetylene welders - it works fine on AZ projects and there are no electrical pulse issues:

http://www.cut-like-plasma.com/dillon_torch.htm

It allows me to weld much lighter steel than I could with a regular oxy-acetylene welder - e.g. panel steel on a 1960s Ford Falcon. I have no professional training - this is strictly self taught DIY.

I'm in New Zealand so it's probably not practical for you to drop by and try it, but could there be someone local to you who has one?

Regards, Neville

Radical Brad
11-03-2012, 10:23 AM
There seems to be a lot of info out there regarding welders and pacemakers. A "Faraday Cage" is basically a metal shield that stops EMI from passing, and this can be as simple as a foil patch under a welding jacket. I am not saying this is a good idea, but there is some discussion on it.

http://www.pacemakerclub.com/public/jpage/1/p/story/a/storypage/sid/24251/content.do

Brad

TexasTuff
11-03-2012, 10:39 AM
Yes Neville, it is only arc welding. It is really anything that puts out a strong magnetic field such as running alternators, generators, etc. Also gas powered chainsaws. The pulse rate of the ignition system may influence the pacemaker part of the defibrillator. There is a very long list of things that should be avoided concerning the work place.
With that said, I found information this week that states if you must weld stay under 130 amps. Soooooooooo . NO problem.
Here is what can happen to persons with a defibrillator. Some people can develop a very fast heart beat. So fast that the heart delivers no blood because the chambers of the heart don't have time to refill between beats. The defibrillator detects this rapid heart rate and delivers a shock that stops the heart completely and the pacemaker kicks in and starts a normal heart rhythm again. I'm told the shock from the defibrillator is like being kicked in the chest by a mule. The defibrillator return to normal duties when the offending source is removed from the area.
Years ago I used to weld with oxy/ace and have started putting together a budget system now. My oxy/ace welds look much better than my arc welds. Its just more expensive to weld with gas.

TexasTuff
11-03-2012, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the link Brad. When I had my defib implanted, I read everything I could find. Most of the information I find now is still older than I would like. I'm not advocating that anyone with an ICD go out and start welding.
From all that I've read the therapy delivered by the ICD is not life threatening. Uncomfortable perhaps. The ICD is not damaged by the magnetic field and returns to normal function when the magnetic field is removed/turn off.
With that said, I started welding again this week. My brother-in-law gave me a small mig. Its large enough to do what we do. One of these day I may have to pick myself up off the ground but today I'm welding.

trikeman
11-03-2012, 03:08 PM
Glad to hear you are still ticking TexasTuff. You can always get an Oxy-Acetylene rig if it comes to that.

John Lewis
11-04-2012, 01:32 AM
Thanks for the link Brad.
At this stage I'm still waiting to see the EP. As to what I end up with in the way of treatment its wait and see.
I have used Oxy acetylene but only for brazing. I've brazed up something like nine bikes.
Somehow I could never get the hang of oxy fusion welding. Heck, electric was hard enough.
Now as an age pensioner I have let the oxy go a it is way beyond my means due to the crazy and expensive bottle rental schemes they have here. At least I can afford to run my stick welder.

Funny about the Faraday ccage. I thought of that but I was thinking it was what Brad needed when he was running the lightning generator.

John

TexasTuff
11-04-2012, 10:03 AM
Yesterday I felt like the gnat on an elephants butt as I made some much needed repair to my old brush hog mower. This little welder is not really up to the task but gave me plenty of practice to recover lost skills.
I turned half a roll of perfectly good, smooth wire into a gnarly mess of bumps and splatter while welding on an old rusted piece of farm equipment. No, I'm not showing a close-up of the welds.
5593
I hope to get started on mods to my Spirit this afternoon.