Men's Health: John's Stress Tests
Weather Authority, John Champion arrives at Lourdes Hospital already knowing he has risk factors for heart disease.
High blood pressure, a waist measurement of 47, and being 55 pounds over his ideal weight are all factors. Any waist measurement over 40 is a risk factor.
"255 and a half. Sound about right? Doesn't sound good but sounds about right..."
With that news, John heads to the lab where techs draw blood for cholestrol and blood sugar chcks. They bring more bad news.
John's cholestrol is high, and his fasting blood sugar tuns out to be 108. It should be under 100. John might be pre-diabetic.
"High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and overweight. It could indicate metabolic syndrome which is a precursor to real problems including heart attack and stroke."
Dr. David Hogancamp says anyone over age 40 with two risk factors should consider getting a heart stress test every two years. John goes into his first test ever with four.
"This looks for blockages around the heart...."
After being hooked up to electrodes which will monitor his heart rate, John gets on the treadmill. It starts off slow, but revs up to get his heart rate over 150.
Afterward, another round of pictures to see if John's heart is pumping like it should.
The results: John's heart is still healthy.
"Good, glad it came back normal"
As for John's risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholestrol, high blood sugar, 47 inch waist - they can all be turned around if he loses as few as 20 pounds. Because he passed his stress test today, exercise can help him get there.
"It should be safe for him to exercise and go full tilt if he needs to....."