First, a revelation. Just over a month ago my GP put me on some drugs (medication) as a preventative measure following some scans which showed I had heavy arterial calcification. He put me on:
metformin (to stop me going from glucose intolerant to full diabetic).
So, I thought this was normal 'chuck drugs at it' policy, and took the pills without much further analysis.
I walk a lot (well, a lot for someone with one leg, anyway). A fortnight ago a blister stopped me walking, and today, blister-free, I went out for a walk up a local hill and back. And the difference was amazing. Previously, I had been stopping half-way up, not breathless or in pain, just tired, which I put down to old age, fatness, one-leggedness, and general unfitness. But today I walked all the way up the hill without stopping, and felt I could have done it again and again.
And all it can be is the drugs, unless the new boots I was wearing are made of magic. Any medical experts' opinion very welcomed - can they work that quickly? Have I been deprived of oxygen for years without knowing it?
Second, a comment on the UK's otherwise pretty good health service. I saw a cardiologist about the calcification of the arteries, and although he is arranging a MIBI scan (eh?) he didn't seem too bothered by the high calcium scores, on the basis that as I haven't got any symptoms of heart disease, there's not much they can do for me. No, we haven't got Heart Disease Prevention programmes here. They seem to leave it up to us, as individuals, to live healthy lifestyles or not!