Heart Health revisited

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Dan O'Sullivan, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    Patrick is probably right. Cardiomyopathy is serious, often can be only managed. How well that turns out is dependent on age and many other factors. One should of course attempt to align all the favorable lifestyle factors. Nonetheless, trumpet is a physically demanding instrument. While the overall exertion may not be greater than riding a bicycle, there is considerable pressure in the lungs, which in turn, puts pressure on the heart. That kind of pressure on an enlarged, floppy heart, with possibly an already reduced ejection fraction, is not advisable. Its effects are entirely consistent with the symptoms described by the OP. It is very possible that Dan will have to pursue another instrument. I doubt that any cardiologist will tell him it's OK to continue playing trumpet, especially in light of the recent decline.
  2. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Dan, I'm 78 and have undergone surgery for an abdominal aortic and left femoral aneurism and a triple heart by-pass and continue regular physician check-ups with internal medicine/general physician, cardiologist, pulmonologist, endocrinologist, gastroenterologist and otolaryngologist. None of these physicians, and all know I do, have advised me to quit playing my brass instruments.

    Two or more times a week I go to the County Cultural and Wellness Center and "ski" the ellipsoid there as long as I can. Too, daily I take a prescribed Lovaza 1gm capsule as contains the Omega 3 (fish oil) ester.

    Take the best care of yourself.

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