A couple of you may have seen my post on FB, but last week I went to my GI doctor for an endoscopy to try to find out why I am having some upper GI issues. Once I was hooked up to the EKG and put under anethesia, they noticed my heart rythym (not HR or BP) was irregular. My HR was 41-43 and my BP was 118/66, so those were great. They chose to be more safe than sorry and pulled me out of anesthesia without starting the procedure. They referred me to The Heart Center here in town to see a cardiologist to see what was up.
The next day I see the cardiologist (they got me in quick). My EKG reads the same which is indicative of an enlarged heart (specifically the left ventricle). He asks if I have a long list of symptoms, which I don't, and if I have any family history of heart disease (which I don't). We scheduled a stress test and echocardiogram for tomorrow morning.
My wife and her sister (a former cardiac nurse) did a lot of research and found that there is such a diagnosis of "Athlete's Heart". It is difficult to diagnose because it shows the same characteristics of a different (and more problematic) rythym. Basically this just means that since I have put my heart/body through years of strenuous activity, it has grown in size to accomodate and changed rythym. This change in rythym is to slow my HR and make the heart more efficient during high stress. Assuming the echocardiogram comes back fine and I don't have any leaks or weak spots, this is just the way my heart is and there really aren't any issues.
The stress test will be a treadmill test and I am kind of looking forward to that as I see it as a challenge - especially since I haven't ran in a week because of this. My wife is going to be there and I'm going to try to get her to video part of the test.
Anyway, just thought it was an interesting case. Until my wife told me about Athlete's Heart, I was actually freaking out just a little bit. I was thinking out of ALL of my body parts, my heart should be the thing with the least amount of issues since I've conditioned it for so long.
I'll post back tomorrow after the tests and hopefully I'll know the results tommorrow as well.