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First thing to say is that I'm getting all of this checked out, firstly at the GP and then if I can't get refrred by paying for a proper cardiac aseessment. More on that below. I just want to know whether anyone else has been through anything like this.
I'm 40, 6ft 2 and 80kg and pretty fit. I've been running for years - 25+. I enjoy it, I always have. When in training, I can do a mile comfortably in under 6 minutes, 10k in about 40 minutes and have done half marathons in 1.28. I had my VO2 max tested last year and it was 62.2 ml/kg which I think is pretty high. My resting pulse on waking is about 45, my max HR is 160. Never seen it above that, even chasing people up hills flat out. We'll come on to my BP below.
Things have been coming off the rails a bit recently though and I'm wondering whether anyone else has experienced this.
I had a great winter of training but in late Feb broke my 5th metatarsal in a pothole. In an air-boot for a few weeks and it's all healed up nicely I think. However, that enforced a 8 week layoff with no running.
Towards the end of that layoff, I had a panic attack. Completely out of character and no obvious trigger - I was laying on the sofa on a Saturday evening. Pulse up to 120+ (high for me), sweating, horrible. I called a neighbour as I was convinced I was dying and was looking after the kids but couldn't get through so went and sat on the doorstep in the hope that somebody would find me. After 10 minutes of fresh air on the doorstep the pulse came down and I gradually calmed down. All a bit odd but I put it down to not being able to run and general stress - "one of those things".
I got back into my training routine. Once the foot was better I hit the training quite hard from a standing start - putting in a week with 22 miles (5m x 3 and 7m x 1) and then a 26 mile week with an extra 5m run in.
None of the runs were hard runs - all fairly gentle ~8min miles.
Last week, I trained twice on the Wednesday. 5m run into work, 5m run back. Heavy legs on the way in but on the way back I felt great - could have run for ages. Went to bed, all fine. Next day I was at work when I suddenly felt terrible. Wobbly, dizzy, a real "out of body experience". This went on for over an hour until I decided to head home. I headed for the doc who after an initial conversation seemed to get very "interested". He took my BP 5 times and it settled at about 140/85, pulse was 52.
Could it have been the combination of a strong coffee, my job becoming a lot more stressful than it was, overtraining the day before and in the prior 2 weeks and being on the back of a chesty virus thing?
I'm going back for an ECG on Monday but I'm convinced that all is not well....a low pulse, highish BP - not a great combo as far as I can make out. I've also had the odd moment when I've been driving (usually on a motorway on a long distance drive) when I've suddenly thought to myself "hang on, I don't feel all there" which has usually passed quickly but is very disconcerting.
I've never had any chest pains or anything like that altough I did once feel decidedly faint and had to have a lay down when I was doing kettleballs at the gym about 5 years ago....I also get the odd moment when my heart feels a bit "fluttery" but it's not frequent and I think not generally uncommon. When I did the VO2 test last year my heart rate did show an odd pattern. It shot up to 160 with very little provocation and then came right back down and then followed what I was expecting in terms of gradually rising trajectory. I was wearing a Garmin HR monitor and there is some chat about there being problems of this sor