Weekly Thoughts 18 March 2022

I was going to write about this in the week that it happened, but inspiration for the right words wasn’t coming to me.

A couple of weeks ago, the legendary Australian cricketer, Shane Warne – possibly the best spin bowler of all time, (just to help those non-cricket literate readers) died suddenly at the age of 52 of a suspected heart attack. Very, very sad.

It brings thoughts to me about how we look after our health.

Many of you know that I had a pacemaker fitted just over a year ago. If it wasn’t for my attentive GP doing an ECG during my annual check-ups, and never liking what he saw, together with two amazing cardiologists, I could quite easily not be here today. My heart rate had been too low, often going into the 20s at night with up to 10-second gaps between beats. No wonder I sometimes woke up at night gasping for breath. I wouldn’t have died of a heart attack, but simply of my heart stopping due to load shedding. Now it doesn’t go below 50 bpm.

I had what’s called athlete’s heart – training too hard for too long. Many sportsmen get it. Another cardiologist that initially saw me, simply said, ‘You must stop training. I heard you coming up to my office, you were taking two steps at a time. Stop training and your heart rate will go up again.’ “Doc,” I said, “that’s not going to happen. You must come up with another solution.”

There are quite a few clients reading this that have had me asking if they’re going for annual medicals after the age of 40 and then had me reprimanding them when they say no.

Don’t take this thing of having an annual medical lightly. The guy who used to service my electric gate died recently because he left it too late to have a prostate check.

Risk management and advice thereof to my clients is part of my job. Even if you don’t like me talking about it.