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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.

Ticket to Ride medical assessment

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.

Ticket to ride all clear

I’m good to go for another year!

 

About alchemyrider

I left Malaysia in 2008 as a non-cyclist. I am back home now with two road bikes and all the paraphernalia that goes with being addicted to cycling.

4 responses »

  1. Woah, such wide range of tests must have been expensive! Where did you take it?

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    • 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.

      Reply
      • 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!

  2. That is very kind of you sir. Thank you for reading my blog. Much appreciated.

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