hey wot does this sound like?

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   Posted 12/13/2006 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hey, so i'm 20 years old, a guy, kinda skinny, diet is okay, i could just do with eating some more really

anyways i went to see the doc becuz i have problems with exercise - my heart beats rapidly for light exercise + i sometimes get shortness of breath (more recently i noticed this) + physical tiredness, which sucks obviously since exercise isn't really doable right now... which i'm pretty ticked off about, understandably.... i never did any intense cardiovascular exercise before i started boxing, maybe a year ago...and the problem isn't simply that i'm unfit, so i went to see the doctor

so he did a blood test, and other stuff.. and the only problem he can find is the way my heart was beating rapidly

i'm gonna have to arrange to see someone else, but based on the symptoms above can anyone give me a list of heart conditions i can look up and see if i can maybe narrow it down a little

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   Posted 12/13/2006 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
man i know u guys ain't doctors and all.... but based on the shortness of breath thing... which like i said i noticed more recently.... it's just kinda like.... daaayum something is not right here, so feel free to make a suggestion on wot it might be

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   Posted 12/13/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
okay after more thought shortness of breath is the wrong to class it as....... it's just basically difficulty breathing... it's just like my body is simply not taking in enough oxygen with each breath i take, and i feel really bad, and have to stop exercising

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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   


While I don't think anything serious is going on with you at such a young age, I'd say you need to see a cardiologist as soon as possible. (I'm under the impression that you only saw a regular primary care physician.) If it WAS a cardiologist that you saw, I'd say try not to worry so much about your symptoms. Sometimes when we worry about our symptoms during the physical exercise or whatever that we're doing, it makes it worse. If anyone really concentrates on their breathing, they'll start feeling 'funny'.

Sooooo, being in the medical field, I would say you need to see a cardiologist and have a stress test done since this occurs when you're exercising. You'd be put on a treadmill while they watch your pulse, blood pressure, etc.

Keep me posted.....Take care!


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   Posted 12/14/2006 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike- The thing that I would ask you in this situation is do you have a family history(father's side or mother's side) of EARLY heart disease, heart attack or sudden death? This means before the age of 55 for you father's side and 65 for your mother's side. This is a very important question for doctors and tells them ALOT of information.
If you DO NOT have a family history of early onset heart problems, then the problem is probably some minor tachycardia issues brought on by anxiety or from being out of shape. Lower you exercise intensity but go for longer sessions until you build up some endurance. Then increase your intensity level. (Just my suggestion. I am NOT a doctor. However from my experience even cardiologists want most of their heart patients exercising to some degree. I think that a lack of proper exercise is the number 1 health problem in the world. ...And yes, I need to exercise more too!)
If you do have a family history of EARLY onset heart disease, you need to be very aggressive about getting the proper testing and seeing a cardiologist. Although at age 20, you are going to have a real problem getting the doctors to take you serious about heart issues.
If it turns out to be anxiety issues (three anxious-sounding posts in six minutes suggest this) I would try meditation/relaxation techniques before medication. That is only my personal preference. You have to do want benefits YOU! You decide-don't let some stranger from the internet or a doctor who PUSHES meds make up your mind for you in this issue!
Some people do have hearts that like to get tachy from time to time. Usually it is not a problem. If you are very symptomatic, your doctor might have you give beta blockers a try. However that can sometimes make intense workouts impossible. ???? You would just have to give it a try and see how it affected you.
Do you have a high resting heart rate? My nephew did. It was 120+ even while sleeping. They did an ablation on him and the problem is solved. So that is another idea.
Good luck with you search for answers.

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   Posted 12/14/2006 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Hi Mike, at this point i agree with hopes,  you mentioned boxing, how long have you been doing that?  that takes a lot of excersize. try not to think the worst, it might be something else. i know i had shortness of breath and it was do to a hernia. maybe you injured yourself?? just a guess.  godd luck and let us know the real problem.  and be aggressive. although most young men don't complain so i feel they will take you more seriously then us menopausal women   haha.

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   Posted 12/14/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike...do you have any anxiety/stress? This is commonly seen in patients with anxiety disorder (from what I hear) And by the way, even when I don't feel anxious I sometimes get that rapid heartbeat. You can actually work yourself up and increase your heartbeat just by thinking about it without even really feeling anxious. Its crazy what the mind can do!

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   Posted 12/16/2006 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
whoa lots of replys - i appreciate it!

yeah it is infact the cardiologist i gotta see now, the appointment is prolly sometime next week - i was searching on the wikipedia for cardiovascular related articles and figured that it would be the treadmill run i would have to do alright - which is good... i'm confident they'll be able to identify what the problem is... which will defintely be a big weight off my shoulders

my mom has a pretty big family with everyone in their late 20s to 40s and no one has any heart conditions, i'm not sure about my dad's side, he only has 1 sister, and his mom, and again on one has any heart conditions that i'm aware of - i'll talk to my parents about it just double check

this past year has been very stressful at times for a variety of reasons, which may be responsible for me gettin anxiety at times..... but that doesn't matter now, i'm gonna see the doc next week, he knows his stuff so he has to identify the problem, and whatever it may be i'll just have to take it on the chin and get on with it

thx again for the replies, really appreciate em! :)
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