A Strong Heart – John has not missed a beat
John Charlett had no idea he was having a heart attack.
He felt no pain, just a shortness of breath, when he drove himself to the doctors in November 2004. A doctor took one look at John, asked him a couple of questions and called an ambulance right away.
John was put through a series of tests and days later the Canterbury resident underwent a quadruple bypass.
In the days following his surgery, John was told that his exercise and dietary patterns had to change drastically.
John took the doctor’s advice to heart and attended a cardiac rehabilitation course once a week for three months. John participated in the exercises, became skilled at reading food labels and was able to monitor his own medication.
John’s wife and three daughters were all motivating factors in his bid to reduce his chance of having another heart attack, but it was losing his pilot’s licence that really shook him. Flying has been John’s passion for over 40 years.
“The great motivation was the passion I have for flying – I wanted that to continue.” John said. “I do regular exercise, eat selected foods and limited foods that are high in fat. My wife is also very conscious of it too.”
A civil engineer by profession, John now must pass a civil aviation medical test each year in order to keep his pilot’s license – something he has done for the past decade.
Approaching his mid 70’s, John looked as healthy as ever at Heart Support-Australia’s 2014 annual general meeting.
“It’s not merely being alive that matters – it’s being able to live.”