Heart Disease.

By hogrider37 Latest Reply 2011-02-15 13:19:41 -0600
Started 2011-02-11 08:40:50 -0600

Hello eveyone, Im new to this community. Just wanted to tell everyone Hi. I have an implanted defibrillator, im a 57 yo male from the Atlantic City area of NJ. I was told I also had a heart attack but dont ever recall any symptoms. Im an avid motorcycle rider, harley-Davidson, anyone else out there ride?, any type of bike. Again just wanted to introduce myself and say hi.

10 replies

HeartHawk 2011-02-12 23:18:13 -0600 Report


Welcome from Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area, the Home of Harley!


hogrider37 2011-02-14 07:11:24 -0600 Report

HH thanks for the welcome. I visited Milwaukee once for the H_D 100th anniversary. I must say it was quite a visit. I dont think Ive been welcome anywhere as much as I was from the people in your town, It was great.

HeartHawk 2011-02-14 23:16:05 -0600 Report

Yeah, that was a big event. Milwaukee really embraces Harley. Except for the questionable selection of Elton John as the "big surprise" main act at the festival it went pretty well!


2011-02-12 10:26:50 -0600 Report

Hello, hogr​ider​37 I also have a defibrillator because of a massive heart attack(they called it a widow maker), but I do recall, it was a terrible experience, died 3 times in ER, life support 3 days, The Dr. said I wasn't suppose to leave the hosp. I'm only 45 and started having heart probs when I was 34. Well I guess God still has plans for me. Now I love Harley Davidson, I never actually had one or rode one for that matter, but I've always wanted one. But I do have the T-shirts..lol

hogrider37 2011-02-14 07:09:55 -0600 Report

Well you did make it and theres no time like the present. Buy that harley and get riding. Its an experience youll never forget. Thats my sanity. I just get on my bike and ride. Nothing can beat it. When I fee down or depressed it lifts me back up again. Your way too young for a defib. Im 57 and my Dr says I'm too you ng for it. Life is too short not to do what we really want to do, so dont hold back. "its not the journey, its the destination". Good luck to you.

2011-02-15 06:23:53 -0600 Report

Yea I wish, being on social sec disability now, this leaves a person strapped for cash, unless you have cash before. Hey maybe there's a govt grant that would buy me one…lol

hogrider37 2011-02-15 07:29:37 -0600 Report

Yeah i know about social security, my wife is on it. Its unfortunate that you pay in all those years and get not much back. I know some that never paid a dime in and get back every month. And the worst part is they shouldnt get it because they have nothing wrong with them. I wish I knew of a govt grant you could get to buy one, they have them for everything esle that people dont need.

griz104 2011-02-15 11:01:05 -0600 Report

I have rode for over 40+ years now and will continue to do so as long as i am able..Although i did not get a chance to ride last summer at all i hope to make up for it this coming summer! I had a Triple By-Pass last summer and was not allowed to ride.. Been going to the gym almost every day now and building my strength back up again..I Now own a 2000 Wide Glide and a '56 Pan.. My wife also rides and she has a 883 that has been bored and stroked to the 1200.. Think she will be going to the Deuce soon as that has been sitting in the garage now for a few years..I got it as a Basket case and have slowly been bringing it back to life again..Till my Surgery i averaged over 25,000 miles each summer.. Have been to Sturgis 7 times and Daytona 11 times.. Rode the whole way around the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotica… Most beautiful trip i have ever done and would highly recommend it to anyone!

hogrider37 2011-02-15 11:11:41 -0600 Report

all sounds nice. did a lot of riding last year, but i dont know about this year. i may have some surgery this year that will put me out 4-6 months. i hope not though. My wife rides on the back. Had a sportster, road king and now a heritage. I like the heritage the best. I have a few cancerous tumors in my chest and they need to do surgery, but the Dr wants to wait just a bit longer so i can get in a little better shape. I was hoping he could put it off till the fall but he wont. Too bad for my summer. I cant see me losing the whole summer this year, winter has been way too long. never been to sturgis or daytona. will do sturgis one time. next year planning on doing a Ca trip for 10 days, starting in LA making a loop through Az, Nevada Ca and back down to LA. Cant wait for that one

griz104 2011-02-15 13:19:41 -0600 Report

I did Route 66 about 10 years ago and enjoyed that ride a great deal.. I have made it across the country twice and the second time went up and came back thru Canada.. Would never do that again.. The roads up there are way to rough..I have friends who live in Ocean City and i used to live between York and Lancaster Pa. so we used to ride down to Del Marva bike week just about every year.
I wish you all the best in your upcoming Surgery..They had talked about replacing one of my knees this Spring and i nixed that idea about as soon as they mentioned it.. I lost all of last Summer and will not do it again..So think i have them talked into next Fall.. I have lived with it this long what is a few more months!
I was luckie and had a Harley Dealer as a very good friend and he loved riding every where.. one year he called two days before a Dealer Convention in Denver CO. and asked if i wanted to ride along with him..Of course he had to twist my arm very hard!! LOL we made that trip from Pa. to Denver(2466) miles in less then 24 hours.. But that was when we rode hard and fast..in Other words a few years ago..Quite a few!!