I am a long-term runner over 24 years running. Last year I developed symptoms unlike yours, but I decided to go to the GP. Four months later in January 2013 I had a Pacemaker fitted, my problems are now solved and I am back running. I urge you get checked by your GP and to be open and honest about your symptoms.
I am now on the list for a pacemaker. Now a 12-16 week wait unlees I get a cancellation. At least the dizziness has receeded recently, this seems to be stress related especially emotional stress causing my heart to go crazy. I did a 14 mile run in the pouring rain a few weeks back, almost got hypothermia, completely knocked-out and went to bed for 24-hours I could not move. Have you seen the Consultant yet?
Hi Cathy, there is a scientific paper based on nine athletes with pacemakers fitted participating in the Amsterdam Marathon or half-marathon. This paper clearly concludes that it is safe for most athletes with pacemakers to take part in long-distance running activities (eight these runners had previous long-distance experience, pre the fitting of a pacemaker). The paper "Netherlands Heart Journal, Volume 12, Number 10, October 2004." can be found on the internet. It stresses the need for the choice of sensor(s) to allow for the activity level the patient wishes to participate in. Joe Volcano has also previously referred to a website "cardiac athletes" www.cardiacathletes.com which has a lot of useful information too.
Hi Tutengil, I am going to see a consultant on Tuesday 9th October, like you I am suffering dizzy spells when standing up after sitting. I had a 24-h ECG this week and apparently my pulse rate is in the 20s when I am asleep. I am a male 56 year old (nearly) I have been running at a moderate level (15-20 miles a week average) over 2-3 sessions a week for about 22 years. They are almost certainly going to suggest a pacemaker. How are you getting along? Dave