I have a cardiac arrhythmia, i.e. irregular heartbeat. I believe it’s a premature ventricular contraction (PVC), which basically manifests as a skipped heartbeat or an irregular palpitation between normal beats. I first noticed this about five years ago while taking my pulse but I never had it checked out because I was not interested in treatment. It always smooths out and becomes regualar during exercise so I’ve never thought it to be serious.
Lately, however, it has been going into a state of complete fuckery in the hours following a bout of exercise. I basically murdered myself in the gym today and now my heart is sputtering like a retard and skipping every second or third beat. It sucks. I feel almost as though I can’t catch my breath. It will go away soon like it always does, but this is getting lame as shit.
Get it checked out, you say? Well I know the treatment for this condition is usually drugs that slow down the heart (beta blockers), but I can’t accept that because it will reduce my exercise capacity and that’s unacceptable. So I’m curious to know whether anyone else has a similar condition, and how you manage it? PVC is supposedly extremely common so there have got to be others here who deal with this or are familiar with it.
Also, just an idea, since the mods seem to be interested in creating new forums, how about a health/medical issues forum?