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Funny turns with heart - unfit or something else?

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Smoothfoxdog Wed 07-Sep-16 16:02:30

Hi, looking for some advice as this has been bothering me for the past five years but has got a lot worse this year. I am 44, slim and active, my resting heart rate has always been very low 48-54bpm and I had a heart murmur, but not sure if I still have it. When doing even the lightest exertion, walking up an incline, gardening, my heart goes into overdrive and I feel very breathless and sometimes dizzy. It can take up to an hour to feel back to normal. I love to walk and am normally ok if it's a flat walk and doing a good pace is no problem. Generally active, but never had these issues prior to last pregnancy.
History of heart problems in the family, Dad had a bypass at 67, despite being very fit, grandfather died at 40 of heart condition. I mentioned it to the GP last year, but he dismissed it without any examination. Feel a bit silly going back, but I am avoiding arranging walks etc with friends as I am embarrassed about the breathlessness and other symptoms. Anyone had similar or am I just really really unfit 🤔

ErrolTheDragon Wed 07-Sep-16 16:08:01

Definitely get it checked. Feeling breathless walking uphill and taking an hour to recover isn't normal for an otherwise fit 44yo, is it?

Backingvocals Wed 07-Sep-16 17:17:48

No you are not unfit. You've got a crap GP. I would request a fairly rapid referral.

Smoothfoxdog Wed 07-Sep-16 17:59:26

Yes, I think you are right...will make an appointment tomorrow. Thanks everyone

PollyPerky Wed 07-Sep-16 19:16:28

sounds like angina. go to your GP and ask for a specialist.

NanTheWiser Wed 07-Sep-16 21:25:25

It's not angina - that usually presents as pain in the chest. However, atrial fibrillation can make you breathless, (as can other heart issues). Ideally, OP should have an ECG done, many surgeries can do this, or refer to Cardiology dept of local hospital, which is often a walk-in clinic.

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