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Becky My Darling

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Cardiologist Visit(s)

25 August 2014 - 07:31 AM

A couple of you may have seen my post on FB, but last week I went to my GI doctor for an endoscopy to try to find out why I am having some upper GI issues. Once I was hooked up to the EKG and put under anethesia, they noticed my heart rythym (not HR or BP) was irregular. My HR was 41-43 and my BP was 118/66, so those were great. They chose to be more safe than sorry and pulled me out of anesthesia without starting the procedure. They referred me to The Heart Center here in town to see a cardiologist to see what was up.


The next day I see the cardiologist (they got me in quick). My EKG reads the same which is indicative of an enlarged heart (specifically the left ventricle). He asks if I have a long list of symptoms, which I don't, and if I have any family history of heart disease (which I don't). We scheduled a stress test and echocardiogram for tomorrow morning.


My wife and her sister (a former cardiac nurse) did a lot of research and found that there is such a diagnosis of "Athlete's Heart". It is difficult to diagnose because it shows the same characteristics of a different (and more problematic) rythym. Basically this just means that since I have put my heart/body through years of strenuous activity, it has grown in size to accomodate and changed rythym. This change in rythym is to slow my HR and make the heart more efficient during high stress. Assuming the echocardiogram comes back fine and I don't have any leaks or weak spots, this is just the way my heart is and there really aren't any issues.


The stress test will be a treadmill test and I am kind of looking forward to that as I see it as a challenge - especially since I haven't ran in a week because of this. My wife is going to be there and I'm going to try to get her to video part of the test. :D


Anyway, just thought it was an interesting case. Until my wife told me about Athlete's Heart, I was actually freaking out just a little bit. I was thinking out of ALL of my body parts, my heart should be the thing with the least amount of issues since I've conditioned it for so long.


I'll post back tomorrow after the tests and hopefully I'll know the results tommorrow as well.

Ferguson, MO

19 August 2014 - 07:32 AM


Researchers Say Doping Unlikely to Improve Sprinting

04 June 2014 - 06:31 AM




It’s not easy to imagine world-class sprinters using KhanAcademy.org to bone up on statistics rather than surfing the Internet for performance-enhancing supplements. But that’s the suggestion from two Australian researchers who hope their analysis of 100-meter times might dissuade sprinters from doping.

Their paper, “The Doping Myth,” was recently published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. It concluded: “Our results show that doping as defined by [the World Anti-Doping Agency] does not produce any difference in 100-meter dash results.”

To reach this conclusion, a University of Adelaide team examined top 100-meter results from 1980 through 2011. They used cut-off times of 9.98 seconds for men and 11.00 seconds for women. Among these runners, roughly 20 to 25 percent had failed an IAAF doping test, or admitted to doping.

When comparing dopers to non-dopers, the researchers found no statistical difference in their times. They also concluded that average best performances had not improved over the last 30 years. “Since there is no significant regression of times over the last quarter century, the top athletes have not significantly improved their times,” they write. “If they all doped, their effort was in vain.”

The authors do not doubt that steroids and similar drugs can have a significant effect on the human body. They simply believe that this effect doesn’t necessarily improve 100-meter performance. Steroids, they say, might overly increase upper-body strength, not a proven path to fast times. Steroids might also inhibit good balance, necessary to running a straight line from start to finish.

They also acknowledge that doping has worked in the past when administered by a state-sponsored program such as that used by East Germany. Now, because of increased drug testing, athletes are more likely to engage in random, clandestine attempts at doping. This non-scientific approach leaves much room for error.

What about the incredible world records of Florence Griffith Joyner and Usain Bolt? Griffith Joyner leads the second-fastest woman by .15 seconds, and Bolt is .11 ahead of the pack. “It is possible they were born with a particular genetic prowess,” co-author Aaron Hermann told Runner’s World Newswire. “Or they may have received particularly effective training when young.

“Of course others may argue that ineffective doping detection led to their abnormal performances. However, there is no evidence to support this claim.”

Hermann says he and his colleagues have also looked into distance performances, and reached the same conclusion: no statistically significant evidence that drugs, including EPO, are having an effect.

“We hope our work will discourage athletes from doping,” Hermann says, “because they are unlikely to receive the advantage they desire, and risk ruining their careers.”


Well, that's interesting news.


Dealership Sues Customer For $25,000 Over Dash Cam Video

04 April 2014 - 07:22 AM

Anyone else see this?





Cooney says he told the dealer that the maximum time that he approved to work on the car would be four hours. But when the dealer called, they told him the time it took was "four and a half hours" and $660.

But Mr. Cooney had a dash cam in his car, and it shows that the service wasn't nearly as serious as they had originally said, it was a misplaced fuse that was actually causing the issue, not a full wiring harness meltdown. The kicker?

The whole job took an hour and a half according to the time stamps on the camera.


The dealer is suing for $25,000 because of damages from the video. Cooney says he offered to settle with a partial refund and apology. We've heard of customers suing the dealer before, but never really hear about a dealer suing a customer. This is a new one.


So then the dealership, surprisingly, spoke with Jalopnik and released their side of the story. Their formal write up is in the following link.




I know everyone hates dealerships, but I do find it interesting that they went to the internet and defended themselves instead of letting the lawyers handle it like every other dealer.


Thoughts? I await Sean's input.

Biggest running myth debunked

20 March 2014 - 11:11 AM





I can't stand when people tell me that my knees will be in bad shape when I get older.