I'm a little scared/freaked out, but I hope it's over nothing. First off, I will say that I am 29 years old and I do have serious heart problems on my mother's side, so I'm always aware of my own heart issues. I am not overweight: I'm 6'3'' and 205 pounds -- most people would say I look skinny. I am afraid I may have a developing heart issue, so I wanted to ask everyone's opinion. A few months ago, I started feeling some slight discomfort in my chest during stressful times at work (I work a high intensity, deadline-driven job = much stress). It came after I had been neglecting my workout regiment for several weeks. A little freaked out, I vowed to start running every day. For the last 5 months or so I have been running 4 days a week. But I have noticed that I really cannot run like I used to. I can run about a mile and a half, but I always get exhausted at that point. I get pretty tired early on, but I can force it for about 1.5 miles -- that's it.
I've been at this for 5 months now and I cannot for the life of me extend my distance. I always tap out at 1.5 miles. The good news is, since I have been running, the periodic discomfort in my chest has disappeared. But I fear that if I get lazy with my running it will come back.
My question is, am I just getting older or is this an early warning sign of heart disease? Sorry if any of this sounds stupid, but I have genuinely been freaked out over this.
29 isn't exactly over the hill but yes, you may notice some difference from when you were 16. Since there's been a change in your stamina, ability to run longer, it would be good to see your doctor, mention the difference. It may be as simple as a bit of anemia or as serious as a heart problem. But the doctor can pinpoint the problem for you.
is that a common symptom for anything heart related -- just noticing that you are limited in your physical exertion? I want to believe that I am just out of shape, but I literally have been at this -- dedicated running -- for 5 months now. and i'm seeing no improvement. and worse, every day i start again it's like i haven't run for a couple weeks (even if i ran the day before).
in my younger days, i'd be a marathoner by now, with this type of dedication. but now, i'm stuck at a mile and a half, and i can barely make it through that. this is just very weird. like i said, i'm hoping this just happens to everyone when they hit 30, but it definitely feels like there's something wrong. although i have no other pain or any other real symptoms. my chest pain has gone away for now.
Ireneo gave you some excellent advice, see your doctor. I would tell you from personal experience, breathlessness and exhaustion after exercise is a sign of of heart problems. However, it is also a sign of thyroid and diabetes issues, and a whole lot more. You need to see a doctor in my opinion, and soon. It may just be stress, but I'd strongly urge you to get these symptoms checked out.
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