The hints, however slight, hadn’t gone unnoticed.
Most of his adult life, Solana Beach resident Thomas Bassett had done his best to live a healthy and active lifestyle. But in the summer and fall of last year, there were suddenly times he would find himself feeling short of breath. Sometimes it came walking up a flight of stairs. Sometimes it was strolling up hills on the golf course. Or how during his workouts on the exercise bike, it had gotten too hard to get his heart rate up to where he was accustomed.
He wasn’t in any pain, and nothing in his family history gave him cause for concern. Maybe, he thought, it was just what comes with being 72 years old.