i AM A 55 year old man that is over weight, controlled HBP. I take my dog every day four a mile and a half walk around the block ( hilly terain ) and I am fine know shortness of breath, nothing,. once in a while I will have a few drinks and do the same walk and after the first hill i am short of breath. am fine after I rest a few seconds. Is this a concern, it has to have something to do with the alcohol. thanks for your help.
I agree, if you have a problem with SOB only when you have a drink (or two) I'd guess it is the alcohol.
SOB can go along with low BP, not your problem it seems, and with heart rhythm problems (such as atrial fibrillation, my condition) that lower the efficiency of the cardiovascular system I have SOB with or without alcohol on walking hills. I am only slightly over weight but I and 18 years older than you, and have AFib, so I know what my problems are, so I can enjoy a nice beer or wine or shot of whiskey but not several and get by fine.
I was still running 10 minute miles up to the age of 67, but the AFib put that to and end, so I can say experience tells me AFib will interfere with physical activity... not suggesting you have this problem. I hope you get a physical check-up each year, even a general practice MD can "hear" heart rhythm problems and most can even do an EKG. All these methods are good only for the case were the rhythm problem exists when the examination takes place, but I ramble. Bottom line, test no alcohol, if not SOB, it is the alcohol.
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