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November 2010 Blog Posts (3)

My Dissection Event

My wife and I were about to embark on a 6 mile hike in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah when I lost sight in my right eye. The rangers gave her directions to the local community hospital that was about 2 miles away. It took the hospital staff about 20 minutes to determine that my condition was too severe for them to treat. They called a Medevac helicopter that transported me to St Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. It…


Added by Deryck Muehlhauser on November 11, 2010 at 22:33 — 7 Comments

The rehabilitation lottery

Southampton NHS, where I had my aortic surgery, runs a cardiac rehabilitation service which features an 8 week monitored course of exercise and relaxation classes. However, because I do not live in the Southampton catchment area, I do not qualify. I come under Hampshire NHS which does not seem to have a similar rehabilitation service and will not fund me to attend the Southampton one. The only option I have is the GP referral service. This should allow me to attend the local sports centre for… Continue

Added by Gregory Smith on November 1, 2010 at 11:17 — 9 Comments


Hi all,

Has anyone suffered from hair loss? I have been taking Bisoprolol 1.25mg for about 2 years now and my hair has definitely got thinner. I have always had a very thick head of hair so I didn't notice at first. However now I have a real problem around the crown area.

Did a bit of research on the internet to discover that a lot of other people have had this problem while taking beta blockers. My GP has confirmed this too but says that it…

Added by Marianne Santamera on November 1, 2010 at 11:17 — 5 Comments

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