I have had health challenges lately, and between that and traveling I found myself not able to keep up with my 7 minute workout. Imagine how great it felt to work out again on Monday! I had lost some strength during the layoff but was still way ahead of when I started
My doctor, though, had decided to send me to a cardiologist to check out why I had been having problems. Now I have always believed I have a strong heart, so didn’t expect anything but a cardiac clearance to go ahead. I had even started running again (or jogging, at least) and my resting heart rate is around 60-65.
Imagine my concern when the cardiologist told me to quit any strenuous exercise. I asked about weight training and jogging and was given a definite ‘no’. “You can walk a little, just like you were strolling on a beach, but don’t go more than a mile or so” he said.
With most doctors I would dismiss this as exercise resistance, but this guy is a runner – he has run two marathons so far this year. He wants to get me back running, but plans to do another test to see if a surgical procedure is needed. Wish me well for the test next Tuesday! (It’s an echo cardiogram taken from inside, behind the heart.)
For the technically minded I have asymmetrical septal hypertrophy. Apparently, this is genetic, and is a leading cause of sudden death in young athletes. He knows I’m not a young athlete (!) but believes it can still be dangerous. I guess I’m lucky that I didn’t keel over already.
The usual procedure for the chronologically gifted, like me, is drugs that lower the heart rate. Fortunately, he recognizes this is not a good idea for me, so he’s thinking about a surgical procedure designed to restore my heart to something approaching normal. I’m holding the intention that either he will decide there is no need for intervention after he’s checked me out on Tuesday or that we’ll go ahead with the procedure and I’ll be running a half marathon again next year.
Wish me luck.
(This post originally appeared in the Social section of the site at 7 Minute Workout