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Duke Of URL
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posted 05-23-2005 06:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Glenn (among others) has noted Deke Slayton's world-class snoring.

My question is if anybody ever looked into a connection between it and his heart fibrillations.

I believe the two conditions have been linked, but had they been circa 1960?

KC Stoever
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posted 05-23-2005 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KC Stoever   Click Here to Email KC Stoever     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is one for the doctors, I think, Duke.

Sleep apnea is associated with cardiac arrhythmia--but the former is usually associated AFAIK with obesity and age and changes in the soft palate.

Deke's arrhythmia was adrenally linked and all the literature I've seen, and conversations with doctors confirmed, that this kind of heart condition seen in fit, younger patients is sort of a fluke--stress, exertion (hard snoring?), caffeine, nicotine, food allergies are all potential triggers for an underlying adrenergic cause.

Now could world-class snoring itself stress the heart? I think the answer is yes.

[This message has been edited by KC Stoever (edited May 23, 2005).]

Duke Of URL
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posted 05-23-2005 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KC Stoever:
This is one for the doctors, I think, Duke.

Your father, by all accounts, was mind-roastingly fit. Apparently, the man did the Twist like nobody's business. (Sang, too and flew in Outer Space. Having an Old Man like that could be seriously annoying!)

Speaking of chubby, you don't need to be a smokin' pantload to have apnea. I sound like a washing machine breaking down when I sleep and I have to dance in the shower if I want to get wet. Of course, I'm gifted with superhuman strength even though "gaunt" looking.

I also suffer from tachycardia. Is this what Deke had? Mine's idiopathic, a word two of my ex-wives have no end of fun with.

KC Stoever
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posted 05-25-2005 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KC Stoever   Click Here to Email KC Stoever     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Your father, by all accounts, was mind-roastingly fit. Apparently, the man did the Twist like nobody's business. (Sang, too and flew in Outer Space. Having an Old Man like that could be seriously annoying!)

Seriously annoying, I suppose. In the family, though, all conceded that Scott Jr. was taller, better-looking, and smarter than his dad. Better sense of humor. Not a "double-e" (geek), which (little-known fact) his dad was and is. Scotty wasn't the phenomenal athlete his dad was, it is true, but no slouch (competitive swimming, competitive tennis, surfing, water skiing). National Merit Scholar. Debate team. Served as a Senate page, Tiger Teague. Went to Harvard. Then dropped out his sophomore year.

The diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia was a couple years coming.

Talk about putting a crimp in your life--for the whole family, for your whole life, I mean.

Tachycardia just means rapid heartbeat. Deke's atrial fibrillation was idiopathic, and his symptoms too were a rapid heartbeat, but only of the two atria--the upper chambers of the heart--which during his attacks would contract rapidly and irregularly (fibrillate) as many as 300-600 times a minute.

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posted 05-25-2005 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KC Stoever:

Tachycardia just means rapid heartbeat. Deke's atrial fibrillation was idiopathic, and his symptoms too were a rapid heartbeat, but only of the two atria--the upper chambers of the heart--which during his attacks would contract rapidly and irregularly (fibrillate) as many as 300-600 times a minute.

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YOW! 300 - 600 BPM is pretty high! 170 BPM wipes me out!

How did the guy walk with a heart rate like that?

KC Stoever
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posted 05-25-2005 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KC Stoever   Click Here to Email KC Stoever     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I think the two lower chambers kept a regular rhythm. The disrupted electrical signal affected only the two atria. Or something.

Duke Of URL
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posted 05-25-2005 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KC Stoever:
Well, I think the two lower chambers kept a regular rhythm.

You mean like the House Of Commons and the House Of Representatives?

I've seen both on TV and there are way too many white people in each to keep ANY kind of rhythm!

[This message has been edited by Duke Of URL (edited May 25, 2005).]

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