Every now and then newspapers and especially social media carry reports of a cyclist succumbing to a heart attack or cardiac arrest mid-ride. The cyclists are usually men in their 40s or older. The latest happened three Sundays ago during an organised century ride.
These events generate a flurry of conversation about cycling being risky for older individuals. Despite all the research showing the health benefits of cycling for older adults.
I am not implying that precautions are not necessary. My Biker Chick is very very supportive of my cycling habit. With one proviso. I must pass a full health screening every year.
My annual medical examination includes the usual blood and urine tests, a pulmonary function test, a resting 12-lead ECG and treadmill stress test, a chest x-ray and a full abdomen and pelvic ultrasound examination. This year I added a full skin analysis since I spend a lot of time in the sun and had a squamous cell carcinoma a few years ago.
I’m good to go for another year!
Woah, such wide range of tests must have been expensive! Where did you take it?
Hello. I do my annual medicals at the Twin Towers Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The total cost for the most recent batch of tests was MYR1,400 / USD352.
Oh, okay. Thx for the info.
P/S: Great job keeping the blog alive, anyway. I’m a long-time silent reader. Your coverage on cycling routes in Malaysia have been especially helpful to a roadie newbie like me. Thank you. Keep it up!
That is very kind of you sir. Thank you for reading my blog. Much appreciated.