>I have an irregular heart beat, not serious, it is benign. They are
>called premature atrial contractions. Sometimes they are very often,
>sometimes not. Actually I get them after I'm done running more than
>during a run. I was wondering has anyone else had a similar problem, and
>what things have you done to deal with them. Been to some doctors, but
>they aren't always very helpful. Has anyone found a doc. who is helpful
>about these things?
First, be absolutely certain you have the benign type of irregularity.
If you have, my experience will be one data point for you. I have sinus
arrhythmia, which I think is really just another term for PAC (medical
terms go in and out of vogue, just like sports jargon). I've had this
lifelong, and it's never interfered with anything I've done or wanted to
do. My irregularity is most noticeable when my heart rate is
changing--upward during the start of exercise, or downward during cool
down. At rest I may notice it occasionally, but during exercise I don't
feel it and it doesn't appear on an EKG under stress. Providing you're
medically clear, I wouldn't worry about it unless something changes.
Don Kirkman [Delete NO SPAM for email]
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