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George Bush is Lance Armstrong?(18 posts)

George Bush is Lance Armstrong?DrDooTooLittle
Jan 15, 2002 6:11 AM
Check out the heart rate:-
Bush nurses his bruises after choking on pretzel
By Toby Harnden in Washington
(Filed: 15/01/2002)

PRESIDENT BUSH, looking bruised and battered yesterday, shrugged off an encounter with a pretzel which caused him to choke and become briefly unconscious.


George W Bush: 'I woke up and there was Barney and Spot showing a lot of concern'
He was watching American football on television in his private quarters at the White House on Sunday evening when he fainted and fell off the sofa.

Laura Bush, the First Lady was in another room so 55-year-old Mr Bush was alone apart from his dogs Spot, a springer spaniel, and Barney, a scottie.

With an angry abrasion on his left cheek and a bruise on his lip where he fell to the floor, Mr Bush talked to reporters on the White House lawn before boarding his helicopter for a tour of three states.

"I hit the deck, and woke up and there was Barney and Spot showing a lot of concern," he said.

"I didn't realise what happened till I looked in the mirror. My glasses cut the side of my face."

Col Richard Tubb, Mr Bush's doctor, said he had passed out because in swallowing the pretzel awkwardly, he aggravated a nerve and triggered a temporary decrease in his heart rate.

"He said it didn't seem to go down right," said Col Tubb.

Mr Bush's low heart rate, it is little more than 40 beats a minute against the more usual 70, was said to have been a contributory factor.

Medical experts said that the president could have experienced a vasovagal attack. The vagus nerve, which has branches leading to the throat and heart, is stimulated through coughing, causing the heart rate to slow.

A teetotaller, Mr Bush exercised on both Saturday and Sunday but had complained of feeling a little off colour and perhaps starting a cold.

After his check-up, he and Mrs Bush had soup and a salad before going to bed at their customary 10pm.

Col Tubb said the president's heart was normal and he was not suffering from stress or overwork.

Speaking later yesterday at a farm machinery factory in Illinois, Mr Bush told laughing workers and supporters about receiving "a pretzel - those kind that are easy to chew" as a present.

"If my mother is listening: Mother, I should've listened to you. 'Always chew your pretzels before you swallow'.

"I obviously needed to do the same thing last night but I'm feeling great."

Journalists flying on the presidential tour received a jumbo bag of pretzels with the scrawled message: "From Potus [the acronym for President of the United States] . . . Chew slowly."

Why is this guy not in the TDF eh?
re: he is endurance runnercyclopathic
Jan 15, 2002 9:57 AM
I think he still runs marathon now and then

40bpm isn't required quality for TdF participants and even stage winners run rest rate somewhere from 30 to 70. My resting rate is 40s and I am nowhere in the TdF shape, trust ;)
re: he is endurance runnerfirstrax
Jan 15, 2002 10:09 AM
I read somewhere Lance has been as low as 28
alsocyclopathic
Jan 15, 2002 10:16 AM
low HR isn't necessarily tied up to good fitness I've heard past drug users have lower HR
Depends on what drug.........Len J
Jan 15, 2002 10:18 AM
Cocaone & i guarantee that thier heartrate isn't low....
Now downers are another story.
Wish I could spell that's cocaine! nmLen J
Jan 15, 2002 10:19 AM
re: George Bush is Lance Armstrong?cyclaholic
Jan 15, 2002 10:20 AM
I am very skeptical that George W. Bush has a resting heart rate of 40 bpm.

There may be mornings when he awakes and, before getting out of bed, his heart may be ticking in the low 40's. I would suggest that for a man of his age and condition, 40 bpm is the very lower limit.

But once he is up and moving, whether he is on the phone or in a conference or watching TV, his heartrate, while still relatively low, is much closer to 60 than it is to 40.
Um, that's the definition of 'resting heart rate'TJeanloz
Jan 15, 2002 10:31 AM
"There may be mornings when he awakes and, before getting out of bed, his heart may be ticking in the low 40's. I would suggest that for a man of his age and condition, 40 bpm is the very lower limit."

The definition of resting heart rate is the lowest rate that your body regularly sees- and it is typically hit sometime during the night. As for Mr. Bush in particular, he is well noted as a fitness freak (and close friend of Lance Armstrong).
Read the article from the original post.cyclaholic
Jan 15, 2002 6:34 PM
I understand the definition of "resting heart rate" very well, but my comments related directly to the article quoted by the original poster. Evidently, this article (which makes a comparison of Bush's 40 bpm to the "usual 70", whatever that means)is the source for the confusion.

I think that reasonable people can read that article and come away with the strong inference that President Bush, in his absolutely superior physical condition, is walking around with his heart pumping about 40 times per minute.

That is precisely what I was questioning.
re: George Bush is Lance Armstrong?Huevos Rancheros
Jan 15, 2002 2:26 PM
No wonder he's such an idiot...with a HR of 40 beats per minute that noodle hardly gets any oxygenation!

Hahahaha freaking ha!

And please, don't insult Lance, I doubt Bush has the cognitive abilities to plan a strategy like Lance's masterful defeat of Jan at Alp d'Huez
War Story?John S.
Jan 15, 2002 8:06 PM
That must have been some pretzel. Looks more like a gin mill brawl to me. I give them an A+ for creativity!
Dick Cheny ...pmf1
Jan 16, 2002 5:31 AM
Only a pretzel away from being President.
Can you imagine...mr_spin
Jan 16, 2002 8:29 AM
Bush in a knock-down, drag-out bar fight? Smashing a chair over some redneck's head. Tossing some guy through a window. Ducking behind the bar to avoid a bottle that smashes into the mirror. Glass everywhere. All while the band continues to play. I'd vote for him!
Maybe that could be the new presidential election process. . .js5280
Jan 16, 2002 4:02 PM
If so, my money's on Jesse Ventura as next President. He ain't got time to choke on a preztel ;-)
re: Cheney's one soft pretzel away from the presidencyjrm
Jan 16, 2002 12:30 PM
Now thats funny...
Yeah, but his ticker will blow.grzy
Jan 16, 2002 5:54 PM
So then who is next, ala Jerry Ford?
Who'd be next, a la. Gerry Ford?guido
Jan 17, 2002 2:30 PM
Tom Delay, the exterminator from Sugarland, TX. Then we'd really be in trouble.
Wait....grzy
Jan 16, 2002 5:56 PM
Cheney's always been one soft pretzel away if one considers Bush a dough boy.

Gawd, that's funny to think.