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1860 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 18, 2008 2:39 PM by RunTJRun
Oscar's MumMum Amateur 36 posts since
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May 11, 2008 6:33 PM

Anybody have cardiac issues?

I'm 32, have Long QT Syndrome & a defibrillator, take beta blockers and I'm a new runner.  I start Week 6 tomorrow and always feel like I'm battling my meds.  Anyway . . . does anybody else have cardiac issues?  Do you have any words of wisdom for bringing these two aspects of life (heart & running) together?  My cardiologist is totally fine with my new interest in running.  She has been very encouraging.  TIA.

  • drralphie Rookie 1 posts since
    Sep 30, 2007
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    1. May 12, 2008 7:20 AM (in response to Oscar's MumMum)
    Re: Anybody have cardiac issues?

    i'm 52 and 6 months ago and 1 week after marine corps marathon, iwas running a casual local 10k and noted irregular heartbeat for the whole race-that stoppped when i did-then same thing 2 weeks alter on t-giving morn 10k-being medical , i knew it was a-fib-but it took over a month with a monitor to document it--now on med that works o.k., still some palpitations, occasionally, but no a-fib-yet--i chose not to take a beta cause of my runningjust did nashville marathon with no issues except the usual pain and suffering-if it occurs again , i'll have ablation at uab medical center.....i have to check my q-t on my drug and lab every so often-but i've been on it only 2 monthswith no race problems, 10'k, half marathons, 5-k.....here's hoping-i can tell you the beta is gonna limit your heart rate and output and fatigue will be an issue---i just could not justify that when other drugs will help control rhythm.....carry on and good luck..........drralphie

  • Cheri 2 Rookie 2 posts since
    May 12, 2008
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    2. May 12, 2008 12:42 PM (in response to Oscar's MumMum)
    Re: Anybody have cardiac issues?

    I have been running for about 3 years.  Am 43 years old and started having weird palpitations during my run.  Went to a cardiologist who found a hole in my heart- I have had it my whole life just didn't know.  He did 2 pulminary tests back to back and was shocked and awed by how great they were!  It is from all that running.  I will probably have to get the hole plugged at some point but I am doing so well with my lungs that he doesn't think it is necessary.  I will say, I get fatigued and winded much faster than my other running buddies.   But I am slowly working my way up to 10 miles a day!  Good Luck!

  • RKHII83 Pro 166 posts since
    Oct 1, 2007
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    3. May 12, 2008 5:02 PM (in response to Oscar's MumMum)
    Re: Anybody have cardiac issues?

     

    Oscar:

     

     

    I am 46 and was diagnosed with Lone paroxysmal a fib 5 years ago.  Prior to that I was teaching martial arts 6 days a week and playing soccer for the NATO soccer team in Norfolk, VA.  I retired from active duty one year later and almost 45 pounds heavier 'thanks' to the meds.  I couldn't do anything because of the dosage of my beta blocker (Sotalol if I remember correctly).  I was miserable - so I quit taking it (not smart), and blew through the meds and started a fibbing again.  My cardiologist switched my meds and I am now on pro-rhythmic meds.  The way he explained was the new meds would keep me in the rhythm I was in, the old meds set my heart in a fixed rhythm (and subsequently set my metabolism.)  Battling meds is a perfect description of what I was going through.

     

     

    Since going on the new meds (Flecainide plus a very low dose beta blocker (5 mg toprol) I have had a huge improvement in quality of life.  I have been running for the past two years, about 10-30 miles per week, done 8 halfs and more 5 and 10Ks than I can count.  Plus knocked off about 25 of the 45 pounds I gained.   I am now training for my first full marathon and so far have had no heart issues due to running (or anything else).

     

     

    Talk to your Doc and see if you are a candidate for a pro-rhythmic medicine course.  I'm not sure if Long QT mandates a more aggressive beta blocker course, but if Toursades-de Pointes is the alternative I guess you better stick with it and manage your running as best you can.

     

     

    Best of luck to you.

     

     

  • Michael Nall Rookie 1 posts since
    Apr 2, 2008
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    4. May 12, 2008 5:43 PM (in response to Oscar's MumMum)
    Re: Anybody have cardiac issues?

    I would strongly urge anyone who visits this website and has cardiac issues to visit cardiacathletes.org.  There is much helpful information there as well as very supportive members

  • RunTJRun Rookie 5 posts since
    May 18, 2008
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    5. May 18, 2008 2:39 PM (in response to Oscar's MumMum)
    Re: Anybody have cardiac issues?

    I have been checked out because I noticed an irregular heartbeat...one facility told me I had mitral valve prolapse and to expect an irregular rhythm periodically.  I got an echo at another facility and they told me it wasn't worth worrying about.  On the two occasions I went to the ED my potassium level was a little low.  I have noticed that I have had palpitations moreso lately and can feel them up into my throat.  I spoke with a friend of mine who is a cardiologist and my concern with running/physical activity and he told me that exercise is probably the best thing I could do because it would help build the collateral circulation within my heart.  If it gets worse I'll get it checked out but in the meantime I'll keep trekking on!

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