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Chest Pain in Older Divers

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John Bantin's mother always insisted that her kids wait an hour after eating before swimming in case they got the cramps. "But as a diver, I often ate a hearty meal immediately before diving without, I believed, ill effect. Cramp, though uncomfortable, doesn't cause a diver to drown."

It's not as if he was overweight or had chronic health problems. "During my long career as a diving journalist, I was ever aware of my health and on the watch for any signs of ill effects, such as nerve damage or bone necrosis. By the time I was 66, I started to get occasional pains in the chest, but these thorough annual health checks indicated I had admirably low blood pressure, a low heart rate at rest, and a quick recovery time after heavy exercise."...

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