Since I joined iDashboards, I’ve realized how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle – even more so after taking on the fitness challenge.
Work used to dominate my life, often keeping me in the office until 9 pm at least three nights a week. As a result, it left me little to no time with my family, and I had absolutely no way to go to the gym or maintain a healthy lifestyle. I used to eat what was convenient, when it was convenient, rather than focusing on what should have been most important in my life – me!
So when iDashboards introduced a fitness challenge utilizing our data visualization platform, it began to re-kindle my passion for keeping physically active.
The fact that I was going up against my coworkers gave the fitness challenge a competitive spin that made workout activities more fun and enjoyable. Now I didn’t turn into a gym rat, but I worked out for about an hour a day; staying motivated by watching how my progress stacked up on the dashboard.
As I took on this fitness challenge, I actually went through quite a health scare!
When I was working out, a tight squeezing feeling filled my chest. But the pain would go away after pushing further into exercising, so I didn’t think too much about it. A few days later, I had my yearly physical scheduled, so I figured I’d ask my doctor about the discomfort I had experienced.
When I told my doctor about the pain, she immediately set me up for a stress test – which is where they put you on a treadmill and make it go increasingly faster until your heart feels like it’s going to beat out of your chest. As they were doing the ultrasound portion of the stress test, they found an abnormality in my results.
All of a sudden, I had not just a regular doctor, but a cardiologist as well. He insisted I have a procedure done, called an exploratory heart catheterization, and wanted me to go in the next day to get it taken care of.
Now I didn’t take it too seriously, because I wasn’t really feeling any pain. In hindsight, I’ve now learned that if a cardiologist tells you that you need to do something, do it! The meds they put you on to prevent a heart attack are much worse than the procedure itself.
I ended up having the procedure, and as a result learned that I had 95% blockage in my middle artery, and therefore, needed an angioplasty (where they blow up a balloon in your artery to clear the blockage) and a stent put into keep the wall open.
Now I’m fine and back to normal exercise activities. But if it weren’t for iDashboards and the fitness challenge, things could have taken a turn for the worse. Thanks iDashboards for saving my life!