I feel like I am having heart attacks when I work out. Am I going to die?
February 28, 2009 9:29 AM Subscribe
I am a young guy and I feel like I am having heart attacks when I work out. Am I going to die?
posted by torpark to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I do strong cardio exercise I always tire very quickly. Jogging a few hundred feet will cause me to cough and try to catch my breath for 10 minutes. It has been this way all my life, even when i trained athletically for hours per day. Doctors said I was too young to have a heart problem, yet when I saw a cardiologist he said I have a prolapsed mitral valve and heart arrhythmia, but didn't want to diagnose mitral valve prolapse syndrom because he didn't believe in it. Yet he was not able to reproduce my heart issues because his stress test was gradual, not stop to hard exercise like reality.
Is there a way I can discover what is causing this extreme fatigue? I want to be normal, I want to exercise, I want to be able to run a mile. I get winded just walking up stairs. That isn't normal for a guy in his 20s, and it doesn't seem legitimate that a doctor can't find a cause unless he is incompetent.
My symptoms are, under normal cardiac exertion, palpitations, constricted breathing, chest pain, blackouts, tunnelvision, coughing, extreme muscle fatigue. No history of heart disease, no smoking, no drinking, no bad habits or exposures. Doesn't happen at rest. When i work out real hard, it feels like I am having a heart attack. What could this be? Why can't it be reproduced by a gradual stress test? How concerened should I be?