Hi all, this is my first posting. Sorry if it is a bit long but obviously I have a lot to say in my first post.Like many I have joined due to the worry of my new condition.
I am 57 and have had high blood pressure since the age of 29. I have always been fairly active and for many years ran 5-10 miles every day. I have always had a slow pulse it ranges from 45- 55 at rest, I have for the last 4 years walked briskly 2 miles to work every morning and my pulse stays around the 104 when doing so, I never get any chest pains etc.
Last year I did a heck of a lot of manual work building my new home, I felt very fit and healthy when doing it. When I finished it and started relaxing again I noticed this strange fluttery feeling in my chest, when I took my pulse it was missing beats. This has been getting worse over the last 6 months and as I have such a slow pulse it can be a 2-3 second delay when it misses a beat, this is scary. I had a 48 hour ECG and they said that I go down to 30 bpm when asleep.
They did a heart scan and said I have a leaky valve but they will just leave that, it's nothing to worry about. The heart is woking ok and is very slightly elarged probably due to 25 years of high blood pressure. They have put me on beta blockers but said they will have to be carefull due to that they will make my pulse even slower. The doctor said it is not life threatening just annoying but yester day the travel insurance company I use now refuse to insure me, I live in the Uk and will miss my trips to the USA and that really hurts.
Forgot to mention the symptoms get worse when I eat or drink, I have only just today started the low dose of beta blocker.
Anyone else have this condition?