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Heart Palpitations After Running (Read 1389 times)

    Just curious has anyone else had any issues with heart palpitations after workouts.

     

    I'm a 33-year-old male with a bad family history of heart disease. Prior to this year I had only dealt with the issue of heart palpitations once when I was 24. The issue at that time was working multiple jobs, not sleeping and drinking too much caffeine. None of those issues are at play today. 

     

    But all of a sudden they're back. I've experienced them a few times during runs. But this week they've become almost a daily occurrence when I'm at rest. It started on a 7 miler I did this Wednesday. My heart rate spiked into the 190s in my final mile.  And since then, I've had daily heart palpitations.  I've used my HR monitor and figured out that they beats are not so much fast, but more intense. I don't really have any other symptoms. I saw my local doctor and had an EKG which came out fine. The doctor even told me I could continue running, just not to push it.  But I wasn't having palpitations at the time. I scheduled a stress test for May 25th.

     

    I was just wondering if this is something that others have dealt with.

    Fall  2013 Goals: Doable sub 22:00 5k; Challenging Sub 21:00 5k; Unlikely Sub 20:00 5k.

      I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. But I'm surprised that you told your doctor that you're having palpitations and he/she didn't put you on a Holter monitor. When I told my doc i was getting them, they did an EKG but also had me wear the Holter monitor for 24 hours. I also have a family history. My results were negative.

       

      My palpitations are more of a feeling of suddently being aware of my heartbeat -almost like it was slowing down. Like I had to take a breath to get it going. It usually happens at work in front of the computer or at home on the couch. But NEVER during a run. Doc told me that it can be normal for athletes to have palps but to immediately stop running and call them if I ever got them DURING a run.  

       

        Thanks for the feedback. I am curious about the lack of a heart monitor. I ended up having to leave work early yesterday due to faintness. I don't know if it was related or just the heat. I have a stress test scheduled for next month.Hopefully that will give me piece of mind. Haven't had any issues with palpitations lately. Hopefully a couple days rest and I'll be ready to go.

        Fall  2013 Goals: Doable sub 22:00 5k; Challenging Sub 21:00 5k; Unlikely Sub 20:00 5k.

          I'm 30 and was getting back into shape.  After doing a 10 mile race where I ran really well I started having palpitations.  After a few days of them I went to the doc, the EKG was normal so they did a Holter monitor.  It turned out to be PACs which really is nothing more than a muscle spasm in the heart.  No real medical problem.  They went away within a week.

            Thanks for the feedback. I am curious about the lack of a heart monitor. I ended up having to leave work early yesterday due to faintness. I don't know if it was related or just the heat. I have a stress test scheduled for next month.Hopefully that will give me piece of mind. Haven't had any issues with palpitations lately. Hopefully a couple days rest and I'll be ready to go.

            Not to be all melodramatic, but ... if you're having faintness to the point of having to bail on work, you should be either on the phone to your doc or standing in his waiting room.  I have an occasional arrhythmia, but not to that level, and I had a cardiologist appointment, Holter monitor, and treadmill stress test all done sooner than they're working on you.

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                i was having heart palpitations few years ago -- both at rest and while running. saw 5 or 6 different specialists and turned out i have asthma.

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                runwietecha


                  I would frequently get them when I felt run-down. I also had low iron, and when it was corrected, they went away. I've also read that low magnesium can cause them, so I also take that as a daily supplement. Your best bet is to go back to the doctor and see if you can get a blood test for various deficiencies, as well as other things.

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                    Getting to know some good information and the discussions are very well carried on.

                      I got them due to stress. Sometimes, I'll start thinking of something that stresses me during a perfectly good run and it goes to crap. Stupid brain. I did go to a cardiologist at first to see if there was a problem. Clean as a whstle and I blew through the stress test in street clothes. Ha, ha! Wink Hit the cardiologist though, especially with a family history. TC

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                        Wow didn't realize this thread still had life. Of course I did see a  cardiologist. They never did find what was wrong. It did thankfully resolve itself in about two weeks. It was a very scary experience. I think basically it came down to that I was doing too much. I was teaching, coaching, planning a major track meet, writing grants and then decided I would stay at work even early to pick my wife up at the train station. I just over extended myself.  The chest pain I was experiencing turned out to be acid reflux. They never did determine the cause of the irregular heart beats. But as I said before it did resolve itself thankfully.

                         

                        I was lucky enough to have good people around me that made me slow down. When I tried to come back to work too soon. I paid for it.

                        Fall  2013 Goals: Doable sub 22:00 5k; Challenging Sub 21:00 5k; Unlikely Sub 20:00 5k.