Running with irregular heart beat

Running with irregular heart beat

Post by DQ » Wed, 30 Apr 1997 04:00:00


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?

Doug

 
 
 

Running with irregular heart beat

Post by Don Kirkm » Thu, 01 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>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.
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Running with irregular heart beat

Post by Megan S. Samue » Thu, 01 May 1997 04:00:00

Hi Doug,

I've got the same thing.  They're called PACs.  I had a holter monitor on in
December.  I'm fine.  And I do usually get them after a workout, and
sometimes the episodes are quite strong after a few weeks of hard running.

But, here's the interesting thing.  My doctor did an electrolite *** panel
on me and my potassium was low.  Now, when I get episisodes of rather
intense PACs, I eat more bananas, drink more cytomax and take some potassium
suppliments that I have.  Guess what?  It works.  The weird heartbeats seem to
mellow out and/or go away.

For those of you reading this, you must see a doctor if you have an irregular
heart beat.  But for those of you like Doug and myself who've been diagnosed
with benign PACs (which most people in the world have) then try some potassium
when the beats pick up.

My .02 worth.

Megan


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Quote:
>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?
>Doug


 
 
 

Running with irregular heart beat

Post by Rick Gerwi » Fri, 02 May 1997 04:00:00

You can't really evaluate a medical problem via a newsgroup, so I would not
try to give you advice as to medical follow up or whether or not you should
even be running. However, any arrhythmia can be aggravated by suddenly
stopping vigorous exercise. So, I would recommend that you include a
gradual cool down in your workouts.

Rick Gerwin



Quote:
> 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?

> Doug