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    Detraining - heart

    So after a funny do at work landed me in A&E in March (I have them semi-frequently, but because they only happen if I'm ill, when at home I just sleep them off), they attached me to an ECG and asked me if I'd just had a heart attack. I hadn't.

    Anyway, I've had an MRI and ECHO over the last few months to get a good look at my heart.
    In general what is being seen is in line with having a trained heart. However, there are a few little bits and pieces that aren't concomitant with a trained heart and we want to have a bit more of a look at.

    As such, and after discussion with the consultant, I'm just starting a 6 month period of detraining. AT the end of this I'll undergo the tests again to see if these issues have reverted, (i.e. caused by training), or are always there (i.e. pathological). I'm not entirely sure which of these is the best outcome!

    So I'm allowed to do about 10-15 miles a week with very low intensity. I'm still working out exactly what I can do in terms of walking, biking (I may need to get an easier gear ratio!) and strength work. So I won't be donning my short shorts and bum bag for a while, but I still intend to be making myself useful and helping out at races, keeping some level of fitness up through walking, working on those niggles that always get less attention than they should, and putting in place some strength work so I can come back stronger next year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ba-ba View Post

    As such, and after discussion with the consultant, I'm just starting a 6 month period of detraining. AT the end of this I'll undergo the tests again to see if these issues have reverted, (i.e. caused by training), or are always there (i.e. pathological).

    I'm not entirely sure which of these is the best outcome!
    Oh dear.

    There are two normally incompatible aspects to my blood. My haemotologist could not explain the contradiction and eventually decided that if I was still running up mountains at my age it obviously wasn't a problem, I was an outlier on the "normal" scales and he would stop worrying. I didn't know there might be an issue so I never had!

    Anyway, who wants to be boring old normal/ average?
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ba-ba View Post
    So after a funny do at work landed me in A&E in March (I have them semi-frequently, but because they only happen if I'm ill, when at home I just sleep them off), they attached me to an ECG and asked me if I'd just had a heart attack. I hadn't.

    Anyway, I've had an MRI and ECHO over the last few months to get a good look at my heart.
    In general what is being seen is in line with having a trained heart. However, there are a few little bits and pieces that aren't concomitant with a trained heart and we want to have a bit more of a look at.

    As such, and after discussion with the consultant, I'm just starting a 6 month period of detraining. AT the end of this I'll undergo the tests again to see if these issues have reverted, (i.e. caused by training), or are always there (i.e. pathological). I'm not entirely sure which of these is the best outcome!

    So I'm allowed to do about 10-15 miles a week with very low intensity. I'm still working out exactly what I can do in terms of walking, biking (I may need to get an easier gear ratio!) and strength work. So I won't be donning my short shorts and bum bag for a while, but I still intend to be making myself useful and helping out at races, keeping some level of fitness up through walking, working on those niggles that always get less attention than they should, and putting in place some strength work so I can come back stronger next year!
    First and foremost, hope all is well with your health and that the detraining will be worthwhile in terms of learning something useful from the tests at the end. I had a funny do at work about 5 years ago and the doctor on the phone on the 111 number listened to my symptoms and then promptly dispatched an ambulance for suspected heart attack. it wasn't. the ECG showed heart anomalies consistent with endurance running. i think my funny do was just queasiness combined with indigestion or similar from eating my lunch too quickly.

    Hope you are back exercising and running to the full in due course having got the 100% all clear.

    Ben

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    I'm sorry to hear that ba-ba. Strength and core is a good idea. 6 months of pilates would probably make you a stronger runner when you return.

    Good luck with the tests.

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    Good luck ba-ba.
    Terribly bad luck but I really hope things turn out for the best.
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    Yes, very sorry to hear that. All the best ba-ba....

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