Q: How has your sport/exercise regime been affected?
Responses with name, age at SCA and time since
Become more active- followed cardiac rehab program and then follow on gym program . Bought a dog to get myself out every day walking . Was told not to swim at beginning (something I enjoyed before) but now beginning to get back to it .
Michelle, 50, 1 year
i walk more
Lynne, 47, 21 months
Not the sporty type
Lisa, 40, 7 years
Anon, 70, 10 months
I am no more/less active than before. As I mentioned, my cycling days are behind me but I haven’t gained any weight since my initial arrest. My overall health is very good, considering what I’ve been through.
Mark, 46, 23 years
Wasn’t very active before, but did things as and when. Now, needing to exercise because of weight gain from slowing down and beta blocker effects, it has been testing to say the least. I enjoy exercise, but really listen to my heart and monitor it during exercise, the second I don’t feel right or flutter – I quit!
Judy, 39, 3 years
Not as much as before
Tracy, 50, 3 years
Don’t walk the long distances yet that I used too.
Lisa, 35, 4 months
I have be more active since.
Sue, 51, 8 months
No longer able to participate, I walk.
Anon, 36, 11 years
Yes, no more football however continued running and including 2 half marathons in last 5 years
Graeme, 36, 10 years
Still to early to say
Carly, 34, 1 month
Struggle with exercise but attend cardiac rehab
Dawn, 48, 3 years
Less active, but trying to improve it
Lee, 37, 5 1/2 years
I work out at the gym and play sports exactly like I used to.
Imogen, 21, 2 years
Everything I used to do is impossible now.
Brenden, 56, 4 years
I was always reasonably fit and active, but now I have continued and expanded on the physical rehab programme and attend the gm most days in addition to walking.
Mark, 56, 14 months
Don’t do any
Maureen, 68, 7 years
Stuff like the gym and other activities I used to do are on hold at the moment. Hoping to return to them after my rehabilitation.
Joe, 52, 4 weeks
I found Heartsmart online and after a GP referral started exercising under supervision at my local gym. Once confident I started exercising more independently. I still don’t swim alone though!
Michelle, 42, 4 years
We walk a lot more. However I would benefit from the gym, but find after carrying out a physical job I rarely go.
Ben, 32, 1 year 2 months
Ironically, I am probably more active now ,albeit at a gentler level.
Andy, 51, 5 years
I didnt really have a sport/exercise regime before and I do know I can’t walk as fast or far now. Although as time goes on it is improving. That slow motion feeling and led heaviness is less.
Robyn, 57, 18 months
I’ve never been able to participate in sports, not that it ever bothered me tho.
Amy, 17, 14 years
Pat, 51, 15 months
More sport cycling, but slower. 8000 miles last year!
Stewart, 53, 3 years
Don’t do as much as I would like
Joanne, 48, 23 months
I can’t do 10K runs anymore (doctor’s orders), but I have built up to 5k and hope to continue to improve my fitness.
Clare, 31, Almost 5 months.
I can cycle further and faster than prior to the SCA. Struggle a bit with placement of pacemaker it hinders some movement especially pilates
Anon, 56, 15 months
Do thing s daily and stick to rowing, walking and yoga
Natasha, 25, 4.5 years
Kym, 40, 3 years
Walk and swim a lot, like to keep active. I am more effected with brittle asthma limits than heart issues
Julie, 31, 8 years
Michelle, 43, 5 years