The best line of defense against chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and kidney disease can be avoided with exercise and cleaning up our diets.
However, sometimes illness is out of our control. In those situations, there is still one constant:
Being fit and healthy raises your odds of survival.
Here’s how being fit saved my life.
Here is a copy of my hospital admission report from July 4, 2014:
AdventHealth Shawnee Mission
9100 West 74th Street
Shawnee Mission, KS 66204- US
ACUTE RESPIRATORY FAILURE (Final) –
CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC THYROIDITIS (Final) –
CARDIAC ARREST (Final) –
ATRIAL FIBRILLATION (Final) –
Hypertensive emergency (Discharge Diagnosis) – 7/4/14
Cardiac arrest 427.5 (Discharge Diagnosis) – 7/4/14
ACIDOSIS (Final) –
ANOXIC BRAIN DAMAGE (Final) –
Ventricular fibrillation 427.41 (Discharge Diagnosis) – 7/4/14
Abnormal ECG (Discharge Diagnosis) – 7/4/14
VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION (Final) –
ACUTE AND SUBACUTE NECROSIS OF LIVER (Final) –
UNSPECIFIED ESSENTIAL HYPERTENSION (Final) –
You don’t have to understand the medical jargon, to know I was in big trouble.
Even though chronic conditions didn’t cause my actual cardiac arrest, my prognosis was pretty bad, to say the least, with a low chance of survival.
My cardiologist told me that most people don’t survive this type of event, and those who do are often mentally and physically disabled.
Ultimately my doctors credited my physical condition for my survival and recovery.
In other words, fitness not only saved my life and assured the quality of life I’m grateful for today.
Almost six years later, I’m still here with fitness and overall wellness priorities in my life.
In short, a well planned and executed exercise program along with solid nutritional habits increase your odds of surviving just about anything, including cardiac arrest and COVID 19.
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Thanks for reading.
Scott Lofquist CCFT