Triathlon Training - Managing Arrhythmia Part 2

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Heart NodesToday is an extremely sad day for me…

My waking HR is still all over the place for the last 3 days now – 32bpm to 119bpm. Further research indicates that the drug Verapamil may not always be the way to go in treating arrhythmia, and in fact in the long term may even worsen the condition and increase the likelihood of sudden cardiac death!

I stopped taking the medication and re-evaluated the situation.

My heart specialist also indicated that one or two months of “de-training” may well sort out much of my ventricular bigeminy (low HR).

I feel this should now be my first course of action.

I also have SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia) causing in my case fast HRs up to 240bpm (or more), and the only alternative other than the unacceptable drugs would require heart surgery involving cryoablation (freezing) of heart tissue around the SA / AV nodes that are responsible for the extra signals and high heart rates.

I feel this should be my second course of action (medical aid permitting).

As today is the last day for 70.3 late registrations, I decided that it would be very unwise for me to continue with training for this and IM 2010 until my heart conditions have been properly sorted out.

So basically that’s it for now. I will be spending the next two months trying to get a lot of rest and doing  only light short duration stuff (not more than once a day), and a lot of that mainly Pilates and Yoga. During this time I will also see to getting the surgery done if and when possible.

There is still 2011…

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