I want to kick ass, GM, but I have to hold back.
The doc and I have a good idea what done it. A cumulation of several minor "things" were/could have been contributors, but the primary actor(s) were my legs and the inability for them to function properly, thus unable to act in concert in a proficient manner, with the heart's pumpimg mechanism, you know -- unable to follow the beat of the drum. All other tests indicated I am a reasonably healthy individual.
I do way more exercise, almost daily, than the average individual. However it would behove me to get an old-fashioned kitchen timer and sset it for something less than an hour, and then when it went off, hit the PC's save key and walk around or do some easy kata for a predetermined length of time, and then return to the pc. Regular karate classes are out for me for awhile, and maybe forever due to the duration and the intensity [Salhanick runs a very vigorous class]. I'll know much more of what I can and can't do after my next stress test [5 more weeks to go] as part of its purpose will be to illuminate permanent damage caused by the heart attack, if I make it that far.
My diet is a healthy diet, and most always has been, -- For instance, there's never butter [or margerine] in the house, I select lean meats, frying is on the back burner, never use salts, etc., go light on the bread, plus I always consume smaller portions than anyone I know. There is room for modification, however. Diet Coke replaced by the diet Ginger Ale family. Consumption of coffees and teas are way down, etc. I'm examining the diet because event though I profess a good low-calorie one, it is a ripe area in with which to experiment, like the above and to stay away from restaurants as much as possible. The occasional sub, pizza, spare ribs, and fish-and-chips are now a thing of the past. To me, those adjustments are minor, but they could provide significant impact.
Stress management is something for me to be conscientiously aware of. I'm good there too, having mellowed gracefully, in that department, with age. Instead of getting mad, I get even, such as I have trained myself over the years to be laid-back and roll with the punches. Goes a lot easier on the psyche. But now, the good doctors tell me to be more aware of myself and how I react internally to the stupid ignorant narrow-minded fukups who sometimes surround me, realize them for who they are, what they are, don't let them drag me down to their level, and get along with my life. Those occurrences are seldom, because there aren't too many dregs, and that when found, they are often easily avoidable, in the street, in the workplace, in the neighborhood, and yes, even in Uechi too.
So I've pretty much run the gamut on causes and effects, and what is necessary to prevent future occurrences of. Although limited in what I'll be able to do physically for quite some time, GM, I am on the ramp back to health.
Always with an even keel.