A few weeks ago I wrote a post about monitoring my heart rate while running and how I learned that my heart rate was really high.
I was pretty worried due to my family history of heart disease so I made an appointment with a cardiologist to get things checked out. She performed an EKG and things looked good, aside from the rapid rate. She thought everything would check out fine but recommended a stress echo to see how my heart looked before exercise, during exercise and right after.
Yesterday I did the stress echo and all came back good with my heart – except for the fact that my resting heart rate is really high (like 110-115 beats per minute). The doctor decided that since it wasn’t causing me to feel faint or pass out that we should let it be unless my blood work came back with something that needed to be treated. I was both happy and frustrated by this. I don’t like when there’s not an explanation for things. “Some people just have a high heart rate” isn’t enough for me when I have so many relatives with heart problems. I was still really upset and stressed about it last night.
But this morning, I got a call back from the doctor with my blood work results. It turns out that my high resting heart rate can be explained by my apparently very overactive thyroid. I’ve been googling it and it turns out it makes quite a bit of sense:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heat intolerance
- Increased appetite
- Increased sweating
- Weight loss (rarely, weight gain)
Other symptoms that can occur:
- Itching – overall
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pounding, rapid, or irregular pulse
- Rapid, forceful, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- Skin blushing or flushing
- Sleeping difficulty
I pretty much have all of these symptoms. While I know this will be a pain to get straightened out at first, I know this will help with a whole bunch of other things that I’ve been treating separately (like random nausea, sleeping problems, etc.) and that’s kind of a relief. Plus I felt a little crazy when the doctor said there was nothing wrong with my heart but I knew it was feeling funny.
Anyway, the point of this whole post is listen to your bodies. If something feels weird, get it checked out. And if you don’t like what the doctor tells you – find another. It’s always better to deal with little things before they become big things. And check out Carrie’s post at MovesNMunchies has a great post today called If Bodies Could Talk, that focuses on listening to your body about food an exercise. It’s important stuff 🙂