I'm 83 & have run for 70+ yrs, but last year when perhaps not fully over a cold I was reduced to walking & often breathless. Dr sent me to cardiologist who said warfarin for life after cardioversion. However have steadily got going & can manage a 10k if don't exceed 'conversational pace' & walk steepest hills.I train about 5X/month & usually fl better after 2-3m. My dr is supportive - we neither fancied the cardio/warfarin route. A letter in May mag gave a similar experience. Any similar experiences or comments?
Drs confirm that I have AF; cardiologist says I need warfarin & cardiov'n; GP willing for me to follow the 'active treatment'.
In September had my first ever bout of AF and ended up in hospital for a couple of days to get it under control - it just came out of no where and I'm pretty sure my stressed reaction to it didn't help the situation. Over the last 3 months i've had a 24hr ECG, an echo and a treadmill test all of which have come back clear.
I have been running gently and started back seriously on the treadmill recently, plan is to run my first 5 mile cross-country on Sunday - although my wife isn't happy for me to do this I need to just to get back to feel relatively "normal".
I think for me, this happening out of the blue is the biggest thing to get over, if running can help me do that then i'm happy - it will just take time to get back to where I was before.
I'm now 85 and continuing to run. The AF is still there but I can still manage 5 - 6m once a week. Between runs I have 2/3 brisk walks up Orrest Head which overlooks Windermere - I feel this keeps me in reasonable condition & enables me to feel reasonably fresh for my next run - which is a lot slower than pre-AF, but it's good to still get out & do the odd 5 or 10k! I take a daily BP capsule and a mini-aspirin.
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