Won’t Give Up
In 1990, Mr. Jarvis suffered a heart attack at the age of 48. In his youth in England, Mr. Jarvis was a competitive rower with various rowing clubs, among them Walton, Weybridge and was a founding member of Tideway Scullers. In his 30’s he took up rugby football. Then he began running and trained and became a sub-3-hour marathon runner. Then came the heart attack. While his recovery went well, Mr. Jarvis was never able to really resume any level of activity after this time. He would see others who had never exercised extensively take up running and succeed. His own efforts seemed to be rewarded by a continued decline in his athletic pursuits. As a matter of fact he was often only barely able to walk across the room. Physician after physician advised him to sit down and take it easy. To lose his ability and be told to take it was just more than Mr. Jarvis could stand. There had to be something that would help – he just needed more oxygen. “If I could just breathe” he would say. So physicians gave him inhalers but they did little if any good.
“There must be something”, he said, “That will help me breathe better and get more oxygen”. So the search began. While the Internet turned up many leads very few of them offered more than airflow restriction, which could be accomplished by breathing through a series of progressively smaller straws. There were other similar devices that offered another form of resistance; flow independent they were called. This time, they were only available for inhale. As Mr. Jarvis said, “Why would you only train any muscle in only one direction?” So the search continued for a machine that would train inhale and exhale muscles in the same breath. Something that would train the breathing muscles in both directions just like you train other muscles when you go to the gym or health club. The search continued turning up volumes of research supporting the value of respiratory muscle training but no product.