Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Heart Palpitations, New Garmin, and Salt


About 8 months ago (and another time I didn’t talk about) I had some pretty scary heart palpitations. I’ll get feelings that my heart is beating even FASTER than normal, tightness in my chest, shortness of breath, and most importantly thoughts of “if I were to die in the sidewalk, would I pee my pants? I should probably pee now just in case”.  Well, they’re back!!!!  On Sunday, I had one of the worst runs in recent memory.  I had to poop, I ran out of water, and my heart felt like it was going to explode.  But, other that.....it went great!

For some reason, during the run I randomly wore my heart rate monitor.  Check out the run review below and try to guess when my HR (in red) spiked?


No, that was not a glitch in my software or the HR monitor – it really started beating that fast right before I went into McDonalds to use the restroom.  Maybe my heart was afraid that I’d actually eat some McDs?  I’m starting to think I should have as punishment. “I’ll teach you to scare me like that!!! Suck on MSG smothered in special sauce!!!”  In all seriousness, I’m researching getting it checked out.  I’m still haven’t decided if I’m going to go straight to a cardiologist or just go to a normal doctor.  I’ll keep everyone posted.  Hell, if I get strapped into all sorts of wires I’ll take the camera! You know, for posterity sake.


If you look at the chart above, you can see that my GPS signal drops off just after the palpitations (and just after I entered the toilet) and never came back.  It is something that I’ve been dealing with for the past few months.  I’m sad to report, my GPS is dying.  However, fortunately for me, Garmin just released a new version.  It will be MINE  - as soon as I can gather the courage to spend $400 on myself.



Finally, I’m trying to get better about drinking more water (I read somewhere that it helps your joints).  The side effect of drinking mo water? Mo pee.  Ugh, on more than one occasion I’ve considered researching adult diapers.  Maybe if I just ate more McDonalds I’d have more salt in my system and would retain water.

27 comments:

Laura is Undeterrable said...

I'm going through something similar - chest pain, racing, etc. I have a murmur and I'm supposed to get an echocardiogram to rule out bicuspid aortic valve disease since it runs in my family. And I'm terrified to do it. Do as I say and not as I do and get it checked.

I have felt better since I started drinking more nuun, so maybe part of my issue is dehydration?

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

Holy hell, those feet are ridiculous!!! I don't think you could walk if you were that swollen!!

Nobel4Lit said...

Oh shoot, those are going to be my future preggo feet. =/

That new Garmin looks sweet. I have the 405 that I bought when it first came out for a pretty penny, so it will have to last till I die.

Losing Lindy said...

Maybe you should write Garmin and let you review it!?

pensive pumpkin said...

I have a heart condition and a string of cardiologists in my past. With my experience in a GPs office talking about heart issues, I say skip the GP if your insurance will let you. Also- find a cardiologist who runs. Some of them will just tell you to stop running, which is stupid.

My cardiologist is also an electrophysiologist, and seems to know more about these sorts of issues than my last cardiologist, who was just a heart guy. Of course, my disorder is an electrical problem with my heart. So I am biased.

I second the comment about the Nuun. That stuff is the nectar of the Gods, and can cut short my cycle of cardio-electrical problems almost immediately. I've written the company that they should give away samples to cardiologists. It's that awesome.

They will give you a stress test on the treadmill with wires and stuff. Shirtless like 50 Cent. Take lots of pictures. They won't even let me wear a sportsbra. I take no pictures. Go figure.

Now find a doctor. Do not pass Go. Email me if you so desire, since this is something I actually have information about.

Sorry for the long comment, but this is kind of "my thing.: LOL

Kathy said...

i think the last time you posted a lot of us mentioned AFib. You really don't want to mess around with this. If the doc doesn't pick it up in teh office on EKG you will probably need to wear a Holter. Do it. This is really nothing you want to mess around with. If you need some real life scary stories, I'll give them to you.

51feetunder said...

Adam, over the Christmas holidays I was having ridiculous pains and tightness in my chest. I figured they were stress related, but my Dr. wasn't so sure so she sent me to a cardiologist for a stress test. A specialist is likely to make you do one before they start tinkering with your ticker anyway so she figured we'd do that first, then move on. Here's my blog post about it:

http://51feetunder.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/ever-had-a-cardiac-stress-test-i-have/

You should definitely get it checked out, at the very least to rule out something major. And put your mind at ease. Good luck mate!

Katie said...

you sure do have some beautiful toenails.

and i have very serious garmin lust. LUST.

Layla said...

I was having weird heart rate troubles last summer. I'd get really light-headed, my heart would be POUNDING, and I'd have to stop and put my head down because I couldn't see. I bonked a half-marathon because of it.

A doctor friend of a friend (yep, second-hand advice -- via text message, no less) said it sounded like heart valve problems or chronic dehydration. Well, I really don't like going to doctors, so I decided to try the dehydration theory first. I began tracking my water consumption during the day, and I realized almost immediately that I was substituting coffee for water in the mornings. Coffee can also cause dehydration, so I went off all caffeine. Yep, cold turkey except for a bit of decaf.

It made such a difference. I now aim for 80 ounces of water a day. I've gone back on caffeine a couple times since, but along the way I discovered that caffeinated gels seemed to give me that dizzy heart-racing feeling. So, I quit ALL caffeine in the week of a race, including race morning and during the race.

Jamoosh said...

So, you had to poop at the 1:20:00 mark...

JFord said...

my heart races at thinking of spending $400 on a Garmin also!

Anonymous said...

Go to a GP so you can get those swollen feet checked out as well.

Suz and Allan said...

How scary! Hope everything is ok. I'm with Losing Lindy on contacting Garmin to see if you could review it.

Missy said...

Oh no. What a bummer you have to go through that. I hope it all turns out ok.
A new watch might make it better. :-)

Pam said...

Adam. Dude. It's your HEART. Don't fuck around. Get it checked out. NOW.

Caroline said...

I am saying it again
skip the GP..waste of a cop pay
find a good cardio

ask for the blood test also not just stress test.

I want that GARMIN too!!!

Quix said...

Let me also echo the go NOAWWW to get it checked out. You'd be a lot more boring of a runner dead. :P

Colin Hayes said...

I also have heart palpitations. I don't think it's terribly uncommon among distance runners. I was told...by a non-running doctor...that the cause of mine was caffeine. I'm not entirely sure if he was correct, but I do drink coffee daily, fwiw. Not sure if you do or not. When they happen, it can be scary. I've had a couple of occasions after a run where my heart actually stopped for a couple of seconds (seemed longer) and I couldn't breathe. I hope your situation is something mundane, like caffeine consumption. Or a fear of pooping on the run.

Stephanie Anne said...

holy crap that is a high heart rate.

I too am lusting after the 910..... Im hoping to buy soon. Once I do enough extra weekend work to earn it. And after paying for lots of race fees this week, it may be a little while.

TriMOEngr said...

My husband was having some chest pain (not racing heart) and he just went to his regular dr who sent him immediately for some tests, ruled out heart issues and dx him with reflux (oops - better diet would help). Hope it is nothing serious, but I'd call soon and get it figured out. Crazy heart rate chart there.

As an aside, my feet totally looked like that at the end of my first pregnancy. I had been on bedrest for 10 weeks and was having some blood pressure issues and was so swollen (like cut my wedding ring off and couldn't wear shoes at all swollen). Bad memories!

Michael said...

That picture of those feet just makes me cringe.

Hopefully you get things figured out with the heart rate. That's definitely not something to take lightly.

I just ordered the new Garmin today...can't wait!

XLMIC said...

I seriously think my feet looked like that when I was pregnant. Compression stockings work miracles.

Go to a doctor NOW, Adam. Don't dick around. Caroline is smart...a cardiologist. But if the wait is long, just go see a 'regular' doc. Do it. You need to get to the bottom of this spiking thing.

Christina said...

I agree with all the other peeps...get peace of mind and go see someone.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Go see the cardiologist. Go for your son and your wife if you won't go for yourself. You'll put them at ease knowing you'll be around awhile longer.

Shawn said...

I concur with everybody else, get it checked out. I have dealt with someone who had afib during a marathon......and it was no fun for anyone. Do the "boring" thing buddy!!!!!

More Later... said...

My heart "flutters" about once a week or so, but only when I'm at rest. Your issue sounds a lot more scary! My GP linked my fluttering to caffeine, but I have my doubts.

Run Jess Run said...

Cankles are not a good look for you. Plus, your mile splits would slow down considerably.